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Posterior stroke

A posterior circulation stroke means the stroke affects the back area of your brain. This includes your

  • brain stem
  • cerebellum (the area responsible for balance and coordination)
  • occiptal lobes (the area responsible for vision).

Changes that may occur include:


You have a loss of coordinated arm or leg movements.

Double vision

You have problems with your vision because eye movement is limited in one or both eyes.


You have dizziness that makes you feel like you are spinning.

Visual field loss

You may ignore or not be able to see anything to your left or to your right.


Source: Allina Patient Education, Understanding Stroke: Information about Stroke and Recovery, fourth edition, ISBN 1-931876-13-4

First published: 02/01/2006
Last updated: 12/09/2011

Reviewed by: Allina Patient Education experts