Which conditions are included in the differential diagnoses 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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Conditions to consider in the differential diagnosis of PCA stroke include the following:

  • Basilar artery thrombosis

  • Cardioembolic stroke

  • Dissection syndromes

  • Intracranial hemorrhage

  • Mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis, strokelike episodes (MELAS)

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Brain metastases

  • Trauma

  • Infection

  • Cardiac embolism

  • Brainstem infarction

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