What is intracranial stenting?

Rafael Alexander Ortiz

Approximately 15 percent of ischemic strokes happen because of atherosclerosis and stenosis (hardening) of the arteries in the brain. The diagnosis is made with MRI/A of the brain and CTA of the head.

After a stroke happens due to stenosis of the arteries of the brain, there is an increased risk of suffering a subsequent stroke. In order to prevent another stroke from happening, preventive treatment should be instituted.

Treatment should include maximal medical therapy (aspirin and/or other medications to decrease blood viscosity, cholesterol lowering medication, blood pressure control, and diabetes control). In the appropriate cases, patients may also benefit from placement of a stent (metal mesh) in the arteries of the brain with stenosis to prevent further strokes (intracranial stenting). As with any invasive procedure, there is a risk associated and for that reason, it should be reserved for the properly selected patients.

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