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Neuroimaging in acute posterior cerebral artery infarction.
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PMID:  18469674     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The role of neuroimaging in acute posterior cerebral artery (PCA) territory infarction is less well appreciated compared with the anterior cerebral circulation because PCA infarction occurs less frequently and more often is associated with limited neurologic deficit not qualifying for thrombolytic therapy. On occasion, however, hemiparesis and/or visual field defect accompanies PCA infarction that would warrant thrombolytic therapy. REVIEW SUMMARY: As neuroimaging plays a central role in the diagnosis and treatment of acute stroke in the thrombolytic era, a series of case studies is presented to illustrate the role of computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging in the setting of acute PCA infarction. CONCLUSION: Familiarity with the neuroimaging features of acute PCA infarction can facilitate management in those select patients that qualify for thrombolytic therapy.
Pasquale F Finelli
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The neurologist     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1074-7931     ISO Abbreviation:  Neurologist     Publication Date:  2008 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-05-12     Completed Date:  2008-08-11     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9503763     Medline TA:  Neurologist     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  170-80     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurology, Hartford Hospital and University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Hartford, Connecticut 06102-5037, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Brain / blood supply,  pathology*,  radiography
Cerebral Angiography / methods*,  standards
Cerebrovascular Circulation / physiology
Circle of Willis / abnormalities
Disability Evaluation
Fibrinolytic Agents / standards
Infarction, Posterior Cerebral Artery / pathology*,  physiopathology,  radiography
Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*,  standards
Middle Aged
Posterior Cerebral Artery / anatomy & histology,  pathology*,  radiography
Predictive Value of Tests
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Fibrinolytic Agents

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