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CT Findings of Stroke

When analyzing the CT of a potential stroke victim, one of the first findings to look for is the presence or absence of hemorrhage. Another common finding in stroke patients is a dense middle cerebral artery or a dense basilar artery, which corresponds to thrombus in the affected vessel. There are also more subtle changes of acute ischemia due to edema which include the following:
- Obscuration of the lentiform nuclei
- Loss of insular ribbon
- Loss of gray/white distinction
- Sulcal effacement

Dense basilar artery (arrow).

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