Safety and efficacy of intrathecal thrombolytic therapy in a primate model of cerebral vasospasm.


To test the safety of a large intrathecal dose of human recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA), 6 cynomolgous monkeys were given 10 mg of rt-PA (mean, 2.7 mg/kg) through an Ommaya reservoir after craniectomy and dissection of the basal cisterns. Bleeding occurred briefly at the incision in 2 animals; otherwise the clinical condition of all 6… (More)