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What are the key symptoms of basilar artery migraine?

What are the key symptoms of basilar artery migraine?

Varied: In about 25% of patients, vertigo, slurred speech, and diplopia imply altered brainstem function. Commonly in adolescent women but also in others, total blindness and sensorial clouding accompanied by vertigo, slurred speech, tinnitus and distal/perioral paresthesias followed by a confusional state. The symptoms usually persist for 30 m followed by a throbbing occipital headache. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more


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How can I treat vertebro basilar artery insufficiency?

How can I treat vertebro basilar artery insufficiency?

Meds, reduce risks: This is generally from narrowing/blockage of the arteries to the back of the brain. Symptoms of this can vary, but often include dizziness, difficulty using an arm, loss of sensation of face/arm/leg. It is treated with antiplatelet medications (eg. Aspirin, plavix, (clopidogrel) aggrenox), controlling cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, cessation of tobacco use, and in some cases placing a stent. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: vertebro basilar artery insufficiency?

What is the definition or description of: vertebro basilar artery insufficiency?

VBI: Refers to a temporary set of symptoms due to decreased blood flow in the posterior circulation of the brain. The posterior circulation supplies blood to the medulla, cerebellum, pons, midbrain, thalamus, and occipital cortex (responsible for vision). ...Read more

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What isa top basilar artery stroke?

What isa top basilar artery stroke?

Basilar for brainstm: The top of the basilar artery is like a fork in the road. When a blood clot affects this area, small strokes can occur in the brainstem, causing numbness, weakness, trouble talking, eye symptoms, or impaired consciousness, and sometimes, more than one stroke occurs at the same time. ...Read more

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Can the basilar artery be stented if it is not occluded?

Can the basilar artery be stented if it is not occluded?

Basilar Artery Steno: Yes it can, but the risk of embolic (blood clot) stroke and benefit compared to risk make the procedure used rarely. Anti coagulation is used more often for intracranial vascular occlusive disease. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about basilar artery migraines ps?

Can you tell me more about basilar artery migraines ps?

BAM: Basilar artery migraines are an uncommon type of severe headaches which are accompanied by neurological signs (like vertigo, dizziness) and typically start at the back of the head. You can find more info at http://www. Achenet. Org/resources/basilartype_migraine/. ...Read more

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What is a basilar artery migraine?

What is a basilar artery migraine?

Brainstem origin: More common in woman, is associated with an aura of < than one hour followed by a headache. The aura produces a field cut (loss of vision) leading to temporary blindness, followed by ataxia, vertigo, tinnitus, nausea, vomiting, slurred speech, bilateral paresthesia, or a change in the level of consciousness. It affects all age groups and both sexes. The presentation can be confusing. ...Read more

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Can you die from basilar artery migraine?

Can you die from basilar artery migraine?

May be: If you get a serious stroke then you may, usually not. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a basilar artery migraine.?

See your doctor: Please consider seeing your doctor and describing your symptoms without use of internet or medical book research. ...Read more

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How are basilar artery migraines diagnosed by doctors?

How are basilar artery migraines diagnosed by doctors?

Outdated concept: There's no such thing as basilar "artery" migraines. The term basilar migraine dates back to a time when migraine pathophysiology was thought to involve arterial wall constriction followed by compensatory dilation. Basilar migraine was thought due to basilar artery spasm. This notion has been discredited; however, the term is firmly entrenched & we all use it & know what it means & doesn't mean. ...Read more

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

Just is: The carotid arteries are anterior circulation vessels; you can think of them as supplying the front of the brain. The basilar artery is at the base of the brain and is created by the confluence of the two vertebral arteries, which are posterior circulation vessels. It is possible to have disease in only one of these vessels, or in all of them, or in any combination. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of having basilar artery migraine?

What are the consequences of having basilar artery migraine?

Extensive: Manifestations include dizziness, vertigo, ataxia, visual disturbances such as double vision or tunnel vision, numbness and/or weakness in face/arms/legs, clumsy speech. This is often familial. A higher stroke risk exists with this type. Blood clotting abnormalities may be present predisposing to strokes. ...Read more

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What is tortuous basilar artery compressing the left medulla mean?

What is tortuous basilar artery compressing the left medulla mean?

Medullary compressio: This is not an uncommon finding in people over 65 on mri scan. It is significant if you are having symptoms such as dizziness, black out spells or blood pressure fluctuations. It can frequently such be followed by a neurologic professional, but should generally be evaluated by someone with experience in cerebrovascular disease. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Basilar artery migraine?

What is the definition or description of: Basilar artery migraine?

Complicated migraine: What we used to call basilar migraines are now usually called complicated migraines with neurologic symptoms accompanying the migraine such as numbness weakness or trouble speaking. ...Read more

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Will basilar artery migraine respond to botox?

Will basilar artery migraine respond to botox?

Migraines: Generally speaking only chronic migraines have been shown to respond to Botox injections. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get basilar artery migraine?

Not really: About 10 to 15% of the total population have migraine headaches. Basilar artery migraines are a specific type of migraine and are less common. ...Read more

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What can I eat to avoid basilar artery migraine?

Nothing: Unless you know of some food that triggers your migraine, which you can avoid, you can not eat any food to avoid migraine. ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a traumatic basilar artery aneurysm?

As the name suggests: It is aneurysm of dilatation of the basilar artery (at the back side of brain) due arterial wall disruption as a result of injury. ...Read more

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What are the most effective home remedies for basilar artery migraine?

Sleep, diet: If you suffer with basilar artery migraines, keep a journal of your attacks. The journal will help identify any triggers to your migraines. Avoiding these triggers can be helpful in reducing the frequency of the migraines. In addition, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help. That means you need to:
get adequate sleep
limit your stress
exercise daily
diet can also affect migraines. Doing the foll. ...Read more

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My sister says she has basilar artery migraine. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Could be.: This type of migraine falls under the list of 'migraine variants'. As such, it may not act like a 'typical migraine'. Patients with migraine variants can have symptoms other than headache. And yes, they can run in families. Talk to your sister and see what problems she was having that made her go to her docor. If you have had similar problems, talk to your doctor about them. ...Read more

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Friend on facebook just diagnosed with basilar artery migraine. In my country we never heard that term. Is that something new?

Friend on facebook just diagnosed with basilar artery migraine. In my country we never heard that term. Is that something new?

Well known: This was nicely described by bickerstaff many years ago. The basilar artery supplies the balance center, vision areas, and nausea areas as well as regions that can cause confusion and disorientation. When these areas are primarily involved in a migraine attack, we refer to it as a form of basilar artery migraine. ...Read more

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How to treat a case of basilar artery thrombosis with multiple infarcts?

How to treat a case of basilar artery thrombosis with multiple infarcts?

Tough case: This is a pretty rare problem. Without having all the details, I think blood thinners are a must. A good neuro-vascular specialist opinion would be needed. ...Read more

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What type of doctor would I see for a blockage in an inferior basilar artery?

Neurosurgeon: I would start with a neurosurgeon. An interventional neuroradiologist might be involved as well. ...Read more

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What is tortuosity of the basilar artery and the basilar artery impresses upon the lower brain stem.?

A radiologic descrip: I'll presume you're reading off a radiologic report that involves imaging the arteries within the brain. Description that an artery is 'tortuous' means its curvier than usual, and not abnormal; basilar artery sends blood to brain stem, located in basal part of skull in back of your head; whether any clinical significance to 'impresses on the brain stem' needs to be interpreted by neurologist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to treat a case of basilar artery thrombosis with multiple infarcts. Pt is male 77, dm, ht?

Can you tell me how to treat a case of basilar artery thrombosis with multiple infarcts. Pt is male 77, dm, ht?

Few options: Not many great options here. Most likely he will need some type of anticoagulation (blood thinners). Should be evaluated by a neurosurgeon with vascular experience. ...Read more

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What does it mean "Normal vascular flow voids are present in the distal carotid and vertebral arteries, the basilar artery and the proximal anterior, ?

What does it mean "Normal vascular flow voids are present in the distal carotid and vertebral arteries, the basilar artery and the proximal anterior, ?

Normal arteries: Since the blood is moving during an MRI, the inside of the blood vessels appears to be a "flow void". This is the language used to report normal-appearing blood vessels. ...Read more

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Basilar artery fenestration found (small) no aneurysm. F, age 53. Scared to death. Overweight, no other health problems. Is HRT ok?

Basilar artery: "fenestrations" are found in normal people and by themselves is not harmful. As long as you are healthy you should stop the WORRY which is a lot more harmful to you as that uncommon but normal "variation" in your arterial brain circulation!!!!!
I can think of no reason why HRT would be contra-indicated due to that finding
Aneurysms are the only possible "complications" of this anatomic "variation" ...Read more

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My dad (58) had a stroke 6 days ago right below the basilar artery. He has severe hiccups that only respond to thorazine (chlorpromazine). How long do they typ. Last?

Unclear: Your father's hiccups are likely due to damage in the area of the brain called the medulla. These, like most stroke symptoms, may or may not improve over time. Give it at least three months. ...Read more

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Eat healthy. Exercise. Avoid smoking. Why did I get basilar artery migraine?

Eat healthy. Exercise. Avoid smoking. Why did I get basilar artery migraine?

Basilar migraine: What you did is good - but this is never preventative - they just merely reduce the likelihood of developing them. Also if you have them then doing what you did may help. Sometimes no matter how good you are - you still get the symptoms - the body is complicated. ...Read more

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MRI vertebrobasilar hypoplasia right side there's robust flow void anastomosing the basilar artery w cavernous portion of internal carotid artery/mean?

MRI vertebrobasilar hypoplasia right side there's robust flow void anastomosing the basilar artery w cavernous portion of internal carotid artery/mean?

Normal variant: The arteries at the base of the brain can course in several different patterns but ultimately get the job done, that is, supply brain tissue. Your pattern is like your fingerprint.
Some more unusual patterns have an increased association with aneurysms, but this would have likely been described if present and vertebro basilar hypoplasia, as in the picture, is pretty common. ...Read more

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MRI brain find: presence of a persistent trigeminal artery and hypoplasia of the basilar artery? What chances my twin could have this too?

MRI brain find: presence of a persistent trigeminal artery and hypoplasia of the basilar artery? What chances my twin could have this too?

Depends on twin type: If you are in the denticle twin it is very possible your twin could have the same problem. If you are not and identical twin it is not likely. I would speak to your doctor who did the MRI about whether it would be wise for your identical twins do have a similar study. ...Read more

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I have been told I have mild ectasia of the basilar artery. I suffer with migraine and my father has multi infarct dementia. Should I be concerned?

Ectasia: Watch for risk factors e.g. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabtes, over wt,
exercise regularly
no smoking
stay physically and mentally active
mediteranian diet, curry powder is supposed to help prevent dementia. ...Read more

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Weakness in left hand. Sent for stat ct-inconclusive-concern over blockage of basilar artery-sent for mri/mra - insur. Denied mra-still get results?

Who is concerned?: Are you concerned or your doctor? I really don't think based on what you've told me that there is any basilar artery issues -- if there is a problem there, symptoms include vertigo, double vision, and balance issues. Best to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of a renal artery occlusion?

What are the common symptoms of a renal artery occlusion?

No common symptoms: This problem is most commonly found, without symptoms, during testing for high blood pressure. The common causes are chronic occlusion from atherosclerosis or hyperplasia of the artery.

Acute embolic occlusion may result in severe flank pain. This is uncommon. ...Read more

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Occlusion (Definition)

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