Posterior circulation ischemic stroke—a review part II: imaging and acute treatment

Marco Sparaco, Ludovico Ciolli, Andrea Zini

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Posterior circulation strokes affect the vertebrobasilar arterial system, account for about 20–25% of all ischemic strokes, and are a significant cause of patient disability and mortality. Diagnosis can be challenging; clinical presentation and common pitfalls facing posterior circulation stroke have been discussed elsewhere. In the first part of the review, we focus on the imaging, discussing the information that can be gathered through a correct selection and interpretation of different possible studies helping to achieve an early diagnosis and to select the best medical treatment. In the second part of the review, we will discuss the best therapeutic treatments available at the moment for posterior circulation ischemia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2007-2015
Number of pages9
JournalNeurological Sciences
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2019


  • Endovascular therapy
  • Imaging
  • Posterior cerebral ischemia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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