What is the prognosis of basilar artery thrombosis?

Updated: Jan 11, 2019
  • Author: Salvador Cruz-Flores, MD, MPH, FAHA, FCCM, FAAN, FACP, FANA; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Patients with acute basilar artery occlusion have a mortality rate of greater than 85%, although the mortality rate may be as low as 40% in patients with recanalization. Good functional outcomes can be expected in as many as 24-35% of patients treated with intravenous (IV) or intra-arterial thrombolysis, respectively. For symptomatic patients who survive, the risk of recurrent stroke is 10-15%.


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