What are the goals of rehabilitation in patients with 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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Patients with acute posterior cerebral artery (PCA) infarcts generally are hospitalized, unless, due to late diagnosis, they can be seen safely on an outpatient basis. Aggressive rehabilitation begins once the patient is medically stable. Goals include maintaining range of motion, promoting active movement of the hemiplegic side if applicable, improving the patient's functional mobility and self-care capabilities, and monitoring medical conditions affecting recovery and prevention of further disability.


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