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Inside job dissolves blood clot pronto

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2:11pm, February 20, 2007

From San Francisco, at the International Stroke Conference

An experimental procedure that delivers a clot-busting drug directly to the brain can bring on a remarkable turnaround in some stroke patients, researchers find.

"Some people improve even while they're on the [operating] table as we dissolve the clot," says radiologist Gregory Christoforidis of the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus. For example, a patient might regain control over a side of his or her body that had been affected by the stroke and begin moving an arm or leg, he says.

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