open access

Vol 21, No 3 (2015)
Original papers
Published online: 2016-03-01

Embolism of the basilar artery — comprehensive treatment including mechanical thrombectomy

Ewa Wierzchowska-Cioch, Beata Szajnoga, Tomasz Smyk, Krzysztof Bartosz Kadziolka
DOI: 10.5603/AA.2015.0015
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Acta Angiologica 2015;21(3):99-103.

open access

Vol 21, No 3 (2015)
Original papers
Published online: 2016-03-01

Abstract

Occlusion of the intracranial arteries is the cause of up to 80% of ischaemic strokes. Of these, 1% are caused by occlusion of the basilar artery. There are currently two methods for treating the acute phase of ischemic stroke: intravenous thrombolysis and mechanical recanalization of the blood vessel. We present the case of a 59-year-old man with basilar artery occlusion treated endovascularly. Treatment was begun in the second hour after onset of symptoms. First intravenous thrombolysis was performed, followed by mechanical thrombectomy. Complete reperfusion of the blood vessel was achieved and the patient’s neurological condition improved significantly. The patient was discharged after 10 days of treatment with a diagnosis of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Oral anticoagulants were used in secondary prevention.  

Keywords

embolism of the basilar artery, ischaemic stroke, intravenous thrombolysis, mechanical thrombectomy

About this article
Title

Embolism of the basilar artery — comprehensive treatment including mechanical thrombectomy

Journal

Acta Angiologica

Issue

Vol 21, No 3 (2015)

Pages

99-103

Published online

2016-03-01

DOI

10.5603/AA.2015.0015

Bibliographic record

Acta Angiologica 2015;21(3):99-103.

Keywords

embolism of the basilar artery
ischaemic stroke
intravenous thrombolysis
mechanical thrombectomy

Authors

Ewa Wierzchowska-Cioch
Beata Szajnoga
Tomasz Smyk
Krzysztof Bartosz Kadziolka

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