What is the role of angioplasty 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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Angioplasty with or without stent placement has been performed to treat patients with atherosclerotic stenosis or to mechanically dislodge thrombi. The advantage of angioplasty is excellent and quick anatomic recanalization, but the success rate is still low.

Angioplasty has been performed in patients with acute vertebrobasilar occlusion and in patients selected electively. The morbidity rates cited in the published case series range from 0-50%; the mortality rate is as high as 33%. The role of angioplasty in the therapy for this disorder is not known.

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