[Dolichoectasia of the intracranial arteries and stroke]

Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 1999 Aug 30;119(20):3004-5.
[Article in Norwegian]


Intracranial arterial dolichoectasia is a condition related to stroke. The prevalence in patients suffering from their first cerebral infarction is estimated to be 3%. Patients with dolichoectasia are more likely to have lacunar infarctions than those without. They have a higher survival rate and better functional prognosis after first cerebral infarction, but a higher rate of stroke recurrence. The aetiology and pathogenesis of the condition is unknown. Only 0.5% of patients suffering a first cerebral infarction have dolichoectasia of both the carotid and vertebrobasilar system. We describe a case of atypical dolichoectasia affecting both circulatory systems as well as the middle and anterior cerebral arteries, with intracerebral haemorrhage.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cerebral Angiography
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders / diagnostic imaging
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders / etiology
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations / complications
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations / diagnosis*
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations / diagnostic imaging
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prognosis
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed