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Therapeutic basilar artery occlusion for management of medically refractory basilar artery stenosis: case report



Therapeutic basilar artery occlusion for management of medically refractory basilar artery stenosis: case report



Neurosurgery 54(5): 1253-6; Discussion 1256-7



To describe a novel therapeutic approach (endovascular basilar artery occlusion) to a notoriously difficult-to-manage clinical condition (actively symptomatic high-grade basilar artery stenosis) on the basis of assessment of the patient-specific mechanism of disease. An 81-year-old woman presented with recurrent episodes of brainstem ischemia refractory to aggressive medical therapy. Cerebral angiography revealed a high-grade proximal basilar artery stenosis. On the basis of clinical presentation and angiographic findings, the pathogenesis of this complex of symptoms was thought to be embolic rather than hemodynamic. Endovascular coil occlusion of the basilar artery was used, with excellent outcome (cessation of ischemic symptoms and independent level of functioning at 1 yr). Successful endovascular management of intracranial occlusive disease requires understanding of the mechanism responsible for the patient's symptoms.

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PMID: 15113482

DOI: 10.1227/01.neu.0000119602.31794.ba


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