[Diagnosis and therapy of basilar artery occlusion]

T Pfefferkorn, T E Mayer, G Schulte-Altedorneburg, H Brückmann, G F Hamann, M Dichgans
Der Nervenarzt 2006, 77 (4): 416-22
In view of the poor prognosis for untreated patients with basilar artery occlusion, rapid delivery of effective treatment has the highest priority. Early recanalization by intra-arterial thrombolysis can improve the outcome in some patients. Apart from this method, specialized centers are increasingly using mechanical devices and glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors to achieve recanalization. This review focuses on current developments in the diagnosis and treatment of acute basilar artery occlusion.

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