The challenge of managing fusiform basilar artery aneurysms: from acute ischemic stroke to a massive subarachnoid hemorrhage

Case Rep Neurol. 2011 Feb 21;3(1):50-3. doi: 10.1159/000324825.


We present the case of a patient with acute brain stem ischemic stroke who was found to have a fusiform basilar aneurysm with a thrombus within the dilated vessel. Three days after the ischemic stroke, the patient had a massive subarachnoid hemorrhage and died. This case illustrates the difficulties in the acute management of ischemic events in patients with basilar fusiform aneurysms, because the natural history of this disease encompasses both bleeding and thrombosis.

Keywords: Fusiform basilar aneurysm; Ischemic stroke; Subarachnoid hemorrhage.

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