A member asked:

Can someone have a clogged basilar artery but the carotids are clear?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic answered

Specializes in Neurology

It is likely that atherosclerosis would be present both in anterior and posterior circulations to some extent, but there could be more obstruction in vertebral-basilar system than in carotid areas. The syndome called "tip of the basilar" is such an isolated issue. A fully blocked basilar artery could be a seriously malignant stroke and could contribute to rapid demise.

Answered Nov 5, 2012

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