How is a posterior circulation stroke differentiated from an anterior circulation stroke?

Updated: May 27, 2020
  • Author: Edward C Jauch, MD, MS, FAHA, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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A hallmark of posterior circulation stroke is the presence of crossed findings: ipsilateral cranial nerve deficits and contralateral motor deficits. This contrasts with anterior stroke, which produces only unilateral findings.


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