Basilar Artery Infarct

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Credits

1.00

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5

Release Date

5 Oct 2020

Expiration Date

8 Sep 2022

Last Reviewed

8 Sep 2021

Estimated Time To Finish

60 Minutes

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Activity Description

The basilar artery (BA) is formed over the surface of pons by two vertebral arteries to supply the critical areas of the brain and brainstem. Anatomically, it can be subdivided into three arbitrary segments: proximal form vertebral artery (VA) to anterior inferior cerebellar arteries (AICA), middle from AICA to the origin of superior cerebellar arteries (SCA) and finally distal segment from SCA to the terminal posterior cerebral arteries (PCA). Basilar artery infarct or occlusion (BAO) is caused by the obliteration of blood supply to the posterior circulation or vertebrobasilar system of arteries to the brain. This activity describes the clinical presentation, diagnosis, and management of basilar artery infarct (BAO), and highlights the role of the healthcare team in immediately and accurately recognizing, evaluating and treating patients with this condition.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify the etiology of basilar artery infarct as a medical and neurologic emergency.
  • Review the evaluation of basilar artery infarct.
  • Outline the treatment and management options available for BAO and summarize key clinical trials showing evidence-based treatment options for ischemic stroke.
  • Describe some interprofessional team strategies for improving care coordination and communication to manage BAO and improve outcomes appropriately.

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Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University designates this activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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  5. Successfully pass the post-test with a minimum score of 100%.
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The contributors and editors of StatPearls have attested that all associated media (images and video) have been legally cleared for use with this activity.  All copyrights are reserved.

  • Name: 'basilar artery infarct.png' Attribution: Image courtesy S Bhimji MD
  • Name: 'Figure 2 - Schematic diagram of the posterior cerebral artery and its branches.png' Attribution: Contributed by Okkes Kuybu, MD and Diana
  • Name: 'Figure 3 - A coronal section on CTA for posterior circulation.png' Attribution: Contributed by Okkes Kuybu, MD
  • Name: 'vertebrobasilar system.png' Attribution: Image courtesy S Bhimji MD

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Bryan H. on 8/21/2021

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