How does recanalization affect 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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Recanalization is an important requisite for a good functional outcome. [3] A Barthel index of 85 can reportedly be achieved in as many as 58% of patients with vessel recanalization. Recanalization may decrease the mortality rate from basilar artery thrombosis by 50%, although the outcome in a series of patients with the condition who were treated with antithrombotics was similar to that reported in the available series of patients treated with thrombolytic therapy.


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