Tissue plasminogen activator in a vertebral artery dissection.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

BACKGROUND: Spontaneous dissection of the vertebral artery is uncommon. METHOD: Case study. RESULTS: We report a 49-year-old woman who presented with the rapidly progressing basilar artery syndrome who was given an intravenous dose of tissue plasminogen activator seven hours after the onset of first symptoms. Thirty minutes after the injection, a dramatic recovery of the patient's consciousness and neurological signs was noted. CONCLUSION: To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of intravenous tissue plasminogen activator use in acute vertebral artery dissection.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gasecki, AP; Graffagnino, C; Hachinski, V

Published Date

  • May 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 151 - 154

PubMed ID

  • 9164694

Pubmed Central ID

  • 9164694

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0317-1671

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/s0317167100021508


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England