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Extracranial-Intracranial Revascularization

Posted On: 05-27-2015
Extracranial-Intracranial Revascularization

What is Extracranial-Intracranial Revascularization?

Extracranial-intracranial revascularization is a procedure performed through the skull to bypass the carotid or vertebral artery or bypass an occluded intracranial, vertebral, or carotid artery that has caused a stroke. A superficial temporal artery is a common donor artery.

Also Known As:

  • EC-IC bypass
  • Craniotomy for extracranial-intracranial revascularization
  • Brain surgery
  • Skull surgery
  • Carotid surgery
  • Vertebral artery surgery

Conditions Treated with Extracranial-Intracranial Revascularization:

Extracranial-intracranial revascularization is used in cases of stenosis or occlusion of the carotid, cerebral, vertebral or basilar artery, as well as stroke, transient ischemic attack and Moyamoya disease.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Extracranial-Intracranial Revascularization:

There are no comparable non-surgical alternatives to extracranial-intracranial revascularization. Intracranial endarterectomy is a surgical alternative to the procedure.

Anesthesia with Extracranial-Intracranial Revascularization:

Extracranial-intracranial revascularization is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Extracranial-Intracranial Revascularization:

Possible risks following extracranial-intracranial revascularization include stroke, coma, infection, brain swelling, hemorrhage, seizures and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience cerebral vasospasm and permanent brain damage.

Recovery from Extracranial-Intracranial Revascularization:

Total recovery from extracranial-intracranial revascularization takes one to four weeks, or longer.

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