Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science




Thomas Colletti, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA


Stroke is one of the leading causes of disability in the United States. Failure to quickly and correctly diagnose may lead to adverse patient outcomes as treating acute ischemic stroke is time-sensitive. More emphasis is being placed on getting emergent care for stroke treatment through public service education by advertising the “FAST” and “BE FAST” acronyms; however, other stroke symptoms can be missed often due to variations in a patient’s cerebral vasculature. Understanding some common variations in the cerebral vasculature can alert providers to the atypical stroke symptoms caused by anatomical anomalies.


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