Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Spontaneous limb movements and posturing secondary to acute basilar artery occlusion: a potentially devastating seizure mimic


Basilar artery occlusion is a devastating but treatable form of ischaemic stroke with high morbidity and mortality rates. The diagnosis is often challenging due to considerable heterogeneity of clinical signs and symptoms. We report a case of an acute basilar artery occlusion presenting with decreased level of consciousness associated with rhythmic tonic movements of the four extremities, mimicking seizure activity. The patient was treated with intravenous thrombolysis and subsequently gained good recovery. Awareness of this entity is required to recognise this potentially treatable, but otherwise devastating seizure mimic.

  • Stroke
  • Neuroradiology

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.

Linked Articles

  • Editors' choice
    Phil Smith Geraint N Fuller

Other content recommended for you