After this article  was published, the authors became aware of a dataset error that renders the article’s conclusions invalid.
Specifically, due to data labelling and missing information issues, the ‘IAT’ data reflect intra-arterial (IA) treatment rather than the more restricted treatment type of IA-thrombolysis. Further investigation of the dataset revealed that only 24 individuals in the study population received IA-thrombolysis, instead of N = 216 as was reported in . Hence, the article’s main conclusion is not valid or reliable as it is based on the wrong data.
Furthermore, due to the small size of the IA-thrombolysis-positive group, the dataset is not sufficiently powered to address the research question.
In light of the above concerns, the authors retract this article.
All authors agree with retraction.
Citation: Kufner A, Ali HF, Ebinger M, Fiebach JB, Liebeskind DS, Endres M, et al. (2022) Retraction: The smoking paradox in ischemic stroke patients treated with intra-arterial thrombolysis in combination with mechanical thrombectomy–VISTA-Endovascular. PLoS ONE 17(12): e0279276. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0279276
Published: December 12, 2022
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