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Laying on the cause of stroke?
  1. Erin Norby,
  2. Joseph Zachariah,
  3. Eelco F M Wijdicks
  1. Division of Critical Care Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Eelco F M Wijdicks, Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905, USA; wijde{at}

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A 62-year-old man developed sudden slurring of speech, dysphagia and vertigo and in the emergency department he rapidly became stuporous. A CT angiogram of head showed occlusion of the distal basilar artery trunk (figure 1) and an occluded right vertebral artery at the level of C6 (figure 2). He received intravenous tissue plasminogen activator and a cerebral angiogram showed contrast stasis at the origin of the right vertebral artery, indicating that the occlusion was acute (figure 3). There was partial occlusion of the basilar tip extending into the left P1 segment of the posterior cerebellar artery. During the angiogram, all his symptoms resolved apart from a right homonymous hemianopia, and clot retrieval was not further considered. Distal vasculature showed no evidence of proximal or distal vessel narrowing to suggest atherosclerosis or vasculitis (figure 4).

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CT angiogram showing obstructive clot …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed. This paper was reviewed by John Bamford, Leeds, UK and Robert Simister, London, UK.

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