In the symptomatic patients, an etiological classification is fundamental for diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic implications.
In acute stroke, the echocolor Doppler study of the extracranial vessels is indicated to exclude other diagnoses and to provide a better etiopathogenetic evaluation of the cerebral vascular disease, being able to localize any steno-obstruction, to quantify the degree of stenosis and to have information about the composition/surface of the carotid plaque.
The echocolor Doppler also allows the diagnosis (or suspicion) of uncommon causes of stroke such as the dissection, the cardioembolism, the floating thrombus or other.
In this lesson, the indications of the ultrasound study of the extracranial vessels in the symptomatic patient are presented.Symptomatic patients
Franco Accorsi, MD
Member of the Order of Physician of Bologna n° 6728
I am a specialist in Medical Angiology and I am based in Bologna, Italy. Until 2008 (voluntary resignation) I worked at Maggiore Hospital in Bologna as "Dirigente Medico" in the Department of Internal Medicine and as Angiologist in the Angiology Unit with a position of "Alta Professionalità" in "Vascular Ecography and Angiology".
I am currently working in Bologna as an independent professional in the areas of angiology and vascular diagnostics.
I have been a speaker at national and international courses/congress and I have taught duplex ultrasound method in GIUV and SIUMB courses at the Maggiore Hospital, Bologna and courses of echocolor Doppler of extracranial and intracranial arteries at the Stroke Unit of S. Maria Nuova Hospital, Reggio Emilia.