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MS 38 - Key Terms: Cerebrovascular Disorder Clients

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Aneurysm
Stretching and bulging of an arterial wall, usually caused by weakening of the vessel.
Bruit
Purring or blowing sound caused by blood flowing over the rough surface of one or both carotid arteries.
Cephalagia
Aching in the head.
Cerebral Infarction
Death of brain tissue.
Cerebrovascular Accident
Prolonged interruption in the flow of blood through one of the arteries supplying the brain.
Collateral Circulation
Circulation formed by smaller blood vessels branching off from or near larger occluded vessels.
Endarterectomy
The surgical removal of the atherosclerotic (fatty deposits) plaque lining an artery.
Expressive Aphasia
The neurologic impairment of a person's ability to speak.
Hemianopia
A disorder in which the client is only able to see half of the normal visual field.
Hemiplegia
Paralysis on one side of the body.
Receptive Aphasia
Neurologic impairment of a person's ability to understand spoken and written language.
Transient Ischemic Attack
Sudden, brief fleeting attacks of neurologic impairment caused by a temporary interruption in cerebral blood flow.