What are the possible complications of vertebrobasilar stroke?

Updated: Mar 03, 2020
  • Author: Vladimir Kaye, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Potential complications of vertebrobasilar stroke include the following:

  • Aspiration pneumonia

  • Deep venous thrombosis

  • Pulmonary embolism

  • Myocardial infarction

A literature review by Yuan et al indicated that the top risk factor for lung infection in stroke patients is multiple vertebrobasilar strokes, followed by, among the other top 5 risk factors, a National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score of over 15, the use of mechanical ventilation, the use of nasogastric tubes, and dysphagia. [8]


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