What is the role of respiratory management in the treatment 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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Early assessment and management of the airway is vital, given the frequent involvement of lower cranial nerves and impairment of consciousness in patients with brainstem ischemia. Other important aspects include assessment of the respiratory drive, the gag reflex, and the ability to handle secretions by a forceful cough.


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