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2022 Jun 01

Br Paramed J



Not so FAST: pre-hospital posterior circulation stroke.


Devlin S
Br Paramed J. 2022 Jun 01; 7(1):24-28.
PMID: 36452022.


Posterior circulation strokes account for 20% of ischaemic strokes, but may present differently to their anterior circulation counterparts. Patients may not exhibit unilateral facial weakness, speech disturbances and unilateral limb weakness, but instead present with more vague symptoms of sudden headache, dizziness, loss of balance and visual problems. This case describes a patient displaying signs and symptoms of a posterior stroke, but who eluded the FAST (face, arm, speech, time) test.