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The prevalence, imaging appearance, presumed source, treatment, and outcome of patients with calcified cerebral emboli on CT were assessed in 22 cases seen by the authors and in 48 from the literature. Most calcified emboli were found in the middle cerebral artery territory and were thought to arise from the heart, aortic arch, or carotid plaques. The overall prevalence of these emboli was 2.7% with 27% initially misdiagnosed and 9% overlooked on the first interpretation.
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE
Calcified cerebral emboli are a rarely reported but devastating cause of stroke and … Continue reading >>