When the fat hits the brain: salvage STA-MCA bypass for an intracranial ICA occlusion due to a fat embolus

Jorn Van Der Veken*, Anna Lo Presti, Michael J. Mulcahy, Marcus Andrew Stoodley

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Abstract

Background Large fat embolus is a rare but potential reversible cause of ischaemic stroke. Methods and results We describe the neurosurgical management of a complete right internal carotid artery occlusion due to a large fat embolus, caused by a mitral valve replacement. Conclusion Knowledge of acute cerebral ischaemia due to large fat embolism and its hallmark 'hypodense artery' is mandatory. Extracranial to intracranial bypass is a feasible rescue treatment after failure of endovascular embolectomy.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere000017
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalBMJ Neurology Open
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jan 2020

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Keywords

  • neurosurgery
  • stroke

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