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ESOC 2023 | Survey demonstrates uncertainty and heterogeneity regarding management of covert brain infarction

Thomas Meinel, MD, Bern University Hospital, and University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland, discusses a survey which found substantial heterogeneity in current practice and attitudes towards covert brain infarction (CBI) amongst neurologists and neuroradiologists. The survey demonstrated a high degree of uncertainty and heterogeneity regarding management of CBI even among experienced stroke physicians. Less than 20% of those questioned reported the availability of internal standard operating procedures for the management of CBI. The majority indicated uncertainty regarding optimal work up and further management. Dr Meinel argues that further trials and studies should be conducted to develop a novel, optimized approach to this scenario, allowing enhanced patient care. This interview took place during the European Stroke Organisation Conference (ESOC) in Munich, Germany.

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Thomas Meinel reports the following disclosures: Funding from Swiss National Science Foundation, Swiss Heart Foundation, SAMW/Bangerter Rhyner Foundation, and University Bern.