Role of computed tomography in vertebrobasilar ischemia

  • A. Bonafe
  • C. Manelfe
  • B. Scotto
  • M. Y. Pradere
  • A. Rascol


Precise delineation of vertebrobasilar ischemia by computed tomography (CT) appears difficult due to the numerous variations in distribution of the posterior fossa arterial supply. While pontine and upper brainstem infarctions can be readily demonstrated, medullary infarction remains beyond the scope of present CT scanners. CT findings in cases of basilar artery occlusion include bilateral pontine infarction or extensive brainstem ischemia, associated with cerebellar and posterior cerebral vascular damage. Demonstration of basilar artery occlusion using routine CT is only rarely achieved. In cerebellar ischemia, CT, in conjunction with clinical syndromes, helps in the recognition of the arterial territory involved. CT provides useful guidelines for the treatment of cerebellar stroke, leading to surgery in cases of massive cerebellar infarction.

Key words

Computed tomography Vertebrobasilar ischemia Brainstem infarction Basilar artery occlusio Lacunes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Bonafe
    • 1
  • C. Manelfe
    • 1
  • B. Scotto
    • 1
  • M. Y. Pradere
    • 2
  • A. Rascol
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of NeuroradiologyHôpital PurpanToulouse CedexFrance
  2. 2.Department of PathologyHôpital PurpanToulouse CedexFrance
  3. 3.Department of NeurologyHôpital PurpanToulouse CedexFrance

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