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

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Dr. Nalinaksha Joshi
Neurology 23 years experience
Yes: It can happen.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Could be, but: 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.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

How can a person have a clogged basilar artery when her carotids are clear?

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Dr. Alan Koslow
Vascular Surgery 43 years experience
Clot moved to there.: The two most likely is congenital blockage you had entire life or a clot (usually fro a-fib) mover to block it.

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