The University of Missouri School of Medicine is collaborating with researchers in China to study treatments for a common stroke cause.
The American Stroke Association says extracranial carotid artery stenosis is a factor in 20 to 30 percent of strokes. It’s a disruption in one of the arteries that supplies oxygen-rich blood to the brain. MU professor of clinical neurology Adnan Qureshi, MD, is collaborating with doctors from Xuan Wu Hospital in Beijing to study strategies to restore blood flow and lessen the risk for future stroke in patients who have this condition.
Xuan Wu Hospital is in the midst of a government-funded project involving 2,700 patients designed to study outcomes related to the removal of material and stent placement inside the carotid artery.
Because of the national significance of the project, the Chinese researchers requested support from MU Health Care’s stroke team to assist with data analysis and presentation. The Chinese delegation recently spent several days at MU Health Care collaborating with Qureshi and his group. Additional collaborations are expected to take place in both Columbia and Beijing.