How does conventional therapy with antiplatelets and/or anticoagulation 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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A study by Schonewille et al involving 82 patients with symptomatic basilar artery occlusion found that conventional therapy with antiplatelets, anticoagulation, or both was associated with a poor outcome in almost 80% of patients. The case fatality are in the study was 40%, with 65% of survivors remaining dependent (Rankin score 4-5). [4]


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