Ischemic posterior circulation stroke: a review of anatomy, clinical presentations, diagnosis, and current management

Front Neurol. 2014 Apr 7;5:30. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2014.00030. eCollection 2014.


Posterior circulation strokes represent approximately 20% of all ischemic strokes (1, 2). In contrast to the anterior circulation, several differences in presenting symptoms, clinical evaluation, diagnostic testing, and management strategy exist presenting a challenge to the treating physician. This review will discuss the anatomical, etiological, and clinical classification of PC strokes, identify diagnostic pitfalls, and overview current therapeutic regimens.

Keywords: basilar artery; posterior circulation; stroke; stroke management; vertebral artery.

Publication types

  • Review