Mechanical thrombectomy (MT) in combination with intravenous thrombolysis (IVT) is the standard of care for patients with acute ischemic stroke with anterior circulation large vessel occlusion. The particular benefit of IVT in these patients is unknown. We performed a retrospective analysis of patients submitted to MT at our center between January 2015 and June 2017. Functional outcome was prospectively assessed using modified Rankin scale (mRS) at 3 months. A total of 234 patients were enrolled, 152 (65%) in the combined treatment group and 82 (35%) in the direct MT group.

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