When is ICU admission indicated for treatment of acute 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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If possible, patients with acute stroke should be cared for in a stroke unit by staff familiar with stroke etiology, workup, and treatment, and with poststroke complications. Patients may require intensive care unit (ICU) monitoring if they have a large-volume stroke, significant concomitant brainstem infarcts or tissue at risk, or significant comorbid medical conditions (ie, myocardial infarction) or if they have received acute stroke therapies.


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