2021 Volume 16 Issue 2 Pages 119-122
Objective: Herein, we report a patient with acute cerebral infarction with a favorable prognosis after being managed by a general physician with support from the telestroke program.
Patient and Methods: An 85-year-old man was transferred to a regional hospital due to sudden onset of dysarthria and left hemiparesis. As no neurosurgeons or neurologists were available in that hospital or area, the patient was examined by a general physician who diagnosed him with cardioembolic stroke on the left middle cerebral artery territory. The physician consulted a stroke specialist using the telestroke system; with the support from the telestroke program, the physician administered thrombolytic therapy 4 hours and 10 minutes after the onset of symptoms.
Results: The patient’s National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score improved from 9 to 3 and he was subsequently transferred to the stroke center. However, the occluded left middle cerebral artery had already re-canalized. His hemiparesis completely improved one week after the onset.
Conclusion: A telemedicine system for general physicians is indispensable in areas without accessible stroke specialists as it provides access to a standard of care for hyper-acute stroke patient assessment and management, and helps improve neuroprognosis.