Angioplasty for basilar artery atherosclerosis. Case report

J Neurosurg. 1992 Dec;77(6):941-4. doi: 10.3171/jns.1992.77.6.0941.


A case is presented of severe atherosclerosis of the basilar artery, successfully treated with percutaneous transluminal balloon angioplasty. Crescendo daily transient ischemic attacks consisted of alternating hemiplegia and were refractory to medical management, including anticoagulation therapy. The clinical course, endovascular treatment, and results are described. Prior published experiences with this condition are reviewed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Angioplasty, Balloon*
  • Arteriosclerosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Arteriosclerosis / therapy*
  • Basilar Artery* / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Radiography
  • Treatment Outcome