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Neuroradiology

, Volume 44, Issue 9, pp 791–795 | Cite as

Primary stenting as emergency therapy in acute basilar artery occlusion

  • Joachim Spreer
  • Thomas Els
  • Andreas Hetzel
  • Sebastian Arnold
  • Joachim Klisch
  • Hans-Jürgen Huppertz
  • Eckhardt Oehm
  • Martin Schumacher
Interventional Neuroradiology

Abstract

In three patients with acute occlusion of the basilar artery intra-arterial fibrinolysis resulted in only partial recanalization and revealed severe stenosis as the underlying cause. Application of micro-stents without previous dilatation resulted in vessel re-opening. Two patients had an excellent clinical outcome. One patient died 10 days after the stroke due to brainstem infarction. Emergency primary stent application may improve the outcome in acute basilar artery occlusion, if intra-arterial thrombolysis fails to re-establish a sufficient flow.

Intracranial stents Basilar artery Cerebral thrombosis 

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© Springer-Verlag 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joachim Spreer
    • 1
  • Thomas Els
    • 2
  • Andreas Hetzel
    • 2
  • Sebastian Arnold
    • 1
  • Joachim Klisch
    • 1
  • Hans-Jürgen Huppertz
    • 2
  • Eckhardt Oehm
    • 2
  • Martin Schumacher
    • 1
  1. 1.Section of Neuroradiology, University Hospital Freiburg, Breisacher Strasse 64, 79106 FreiburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of Neurology, University Hospital Freiburg, FreiburgGermany

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