Posterior Circulation Stroke

This course provides a review of the clinical characteristics of posterior circulation stroke symptoms and an evidence-based review of the implication of clinical trial data on treatment options.

Target Audience

Adult and Pediatric Neurologists, Neurosurgeons, Stroke Neurologists, Neuroradiologists, Diagnostic Radiologists, Critical Care Physicians, Neurointensivists, Emergency Medicine Physicians, Internal Medicine Physicians, Interventional Neuroradiologists, Family Physicians, General Internists, Rehabilitation and Pain Management Specialists, Clinical Pharmacists, as well as other specialists interested in the field of neuroscience.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify patients with posterior circulation stroke.
  • Recognize the limitations associated with clinical scale assessments that determine eligibility for acute reperfusion treatment.
  • Determine when to triage posterior circulation stroke patients to ICU, neuro-stepdown or floor.
  • Select patients for early surgical decompression or medical cytotoxic edema treatment.
Additional information
  • Adams, D. S. (1996). Stroke rehabilitation: indications, outcomes, recent developments. The Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: official organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society, 148(11), 498-502.
  • Arboix, A., Arbe, G., García-Eroles, L., Oliveres, M., Parra, O., & Massons, J. (2011). Infarctions in the vascular territory of the posterior cerebral artery: clinical features in 232 patients. BMC research notes, 4(1), 329.
  • Kwon, J. Y., Kwon, S. U., Kang, D. W., Suh, D. C., & Kim, J. S. (2012). Isolated lateral thalamic infarction: the role of posterior cerebral artery disease. European journal of neurology, 19(2), 265-270.
Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.50 General certificate of attendance
  • 0.50 Florida Board of Pharmacy
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Brett Kissela, M.D., M.S.
Professor and Chair
Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine
Senior Associate Dean of Clinical Research
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Chief of Research Services, UC Health
Cincinnati, Ohio

Brett Kissela, M.D., faculty for this educational activity, indicated that he is a consultant with Allegan and Ipsen and on the adjudication clinical trail committee for AbbVie and Janssen and has indicated that the presentation or discussion will not include off-label or unapproved product usage.


Kevin Abrams, M.D., indicated that he is a consultant and shareholder with Keystone Heart.

Guilherme Dabus, M.D., indicated that he is a consultant for Microvention/Terumo, Medtronic, Penumbra and Cerenovus, and on the speakers' bureau for Microvention/Terumo, Medtronic and Penumbra. He is a proctor for Medtronic. Dr. Dabus is also a shareholder with Surpass Medical/Stryker, Medina/Medtronic, InNeuro Co and Three Rivers Medical.

Daniel D’Amour, M.D., Felipe De Los Rios, M.D., Karel Fuentes, M.D., Sergio Gonzalez-Arias, M.D., Ph.D., Kunal Patel, M.S., Amy K. Starosciak, Ph.D., and Jayme Strauss, R.N., MSN, have no relevant financial relationship with ineligible companies* to disclose.

Bruno V. Gallo, M.D., indicated that he is on speakers' bureau for Teva Pharmaceuticals and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals. He receives grant support for Medtronic International, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Glaxo-SmithKline and St. Jude Medical, Inc. Dr. Gallo serves as a consultant for Cyberonics, Teva Pharmaceuticals, St. Jude Medical, ONS Inc. and Sugimon LLC.

Italo Linfante, M.D., indicated that he is a consultant for Medtronic, Stryker and Penumbra. He is a stockholder with InNeuro Co.

Alberto Pinzon-Ardila, M.D., indicated that he is on the speakers' bureau for Sunovion Pharmaceuticals and UCB.

All of the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated.

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies*. 

*Ineligible companies -- Companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

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Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.
Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.50 General certificate of attendance
  • 0.50 Florida Board of Pharmacy
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