What is the role of echocardiography in the workup of vertebrobasilar stroke?

Updated: Mar 03, 2020
  • Author: Vladimir Kaye, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Echocardiography [27] should be considered in the following patients:

  • Those younger than 45 years

  • Those with explained basilar artery occlusion

Findings that may affect management include valvular disorders, vegetations, intramural or extramural thrombi, ventricular aneurisms, cardiac tumors (myxoma), right-to-left shunts, and poor ejection fraction.


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