What’s Posterior Cerebral Artery Stroke?


What’s posterior cerebral artery stroke?


Posterior cerebral artery stroke is less common than stroke involving the anterior circulation. Patients who have sustained PCA stroke present with an interesting and diverse spectrum of neurologic symptoms. The most common long-term sequelae of PCA strokes are visual and sensory deficits. In general, patients with PCA distribution strokes exhibit less overall chronic disability than do those with anterior cerebral, middle cerebral, or basilar artery infarctions. The posterior cerebral arteries are paired vessels, usually arising from the top of the basilar artery and curving laterally, posteriorly, and

Posterior cerebral artery stroke will lead to many complications, including recurrent ischemic event, hemorrhage into infarcted brain tissue, skin breakdown, chronic pain and even depression.


What is the prognosis of posterior cerebral artery stroke?


Mortality associated with isolated posterior cerebral artery stroke is low. Therefore, the prognosis is generally good. Visual field deficits improve to varying degrees. However, they may be permanent and associated with morbidity.


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