Vertebrobasilar Artery Stroke as the Heralding Sign of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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Cerebral ischemia because of vertebrobasilar insufficiency (VBI) rarely presents as an initial sign within the systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) population, and there are very few case reports supporting this manifestation. This report details 3 different patients with SLE who experienced VBI as an initial manifestation. Patient 1 was a 24-year-old female who developed a bilateral pontine lesion as a consequence of basilar artery stenosis. Patient 2 was a 34-year-old male with an acute ischemic lesion on the right side of his cerebellum and pons because of significant stenosis in the distal segment of the right vertebral artery.

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