What should be the focus of history in the assessment of posterior cerebral artery (PCA) stroke?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: Erek K Helseth, MD; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Once the appropriate acute therapies (if any) are instituted, the history should be directed at cerebrovascular risk factors and contributing historical elements that may reveal the underlying etiology. History should include past diagnoses (eg, diabetes mellitus, atrial fibrillation, hypertension), family history, social history, recent trauma to the head or neck, and a thorough review of systems.


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