What are the roles of transcranial Doppler ultrasonography and echocardiography in the workup of ischemic stroke?

Updated: May 27, 2020
  • Author: Edward C Jauch, MD, MS, FAHA, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Transcranial Doppler ultrasonography is useful for evaluating more proximal vascular anatomy—including the middle cerebral artery (MCA), intracranial carotid artery, and vertebrobasilar artery—through the infratemporal fossa. [72] Echocardiography is obtained in all patients with acute ischemic stroke in whom cardiogenic embolism is suspected.


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