Platelet transfusion versus standard care after acute stroke due to spontaneous cerebral haemorrhage associated with antiplatelet therapy (PATCH): a randomised, open-label, phase 3 trial.

Baharoglu MI, Cordonnier C, Salman RA, et al.
Lancet 2016;387:2605-2613.
NATA Rating :
Review by : B. J. Hunt
NATA Review

Essential reading for all. A reminder that however logical a therapy might be (giving platelets to those with intracranial bleeding and drug-induced platelet dysfunction), it needs to be submitted to scientific assessment ‒ a clinical trial to ensure that it is safe and efficacious. In this case, it was not.

– Beverley J. Hunt

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