Vertebrobasilar Atherothrombotic Disease Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Nov 10, 2021
  • Author: Eddy S Lang, MDCM, CCFP(EM), CSPQ; Chief Editor: Andrew K Chang, MD, MS  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Aneurysms, vertebrobasilar

Basilar artery dissection

Basilar artery migraine

MELAS (mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes)

Posterior fossa tumor

Subclavian steal syndrome (leading to retrograde vertebral artery flow)

Transtentorial herniation

Vasculitis (involving vertebrobasilar circulation) [27]

Differential Diagnoses