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Occipital Artery-to-Vertebral Artery Bypass to Stop Transient Ischemic Attacks Caused by Traumatic Vertebral Artery Dissection

Occipital Artery-to-Vertebral Artery Bypass to Stop Transient Ischemic Attacks Caused by Traumatic Vertebral Artery Dissection

World Neurosurgery 123: 64-66

Ischemic symptoms caused by traumatic vertebral artery dissection after cervical maneuvers are treated medically and surgically. This is a report of the infrequently documented occipital to vertebral artery bypass to stop the transient ischemic attacks following traumatic vertebral artery dissection. A 33-year-old man presented with a sudden right posterior neck pain following a sudden neck movement, accompanied by left lower quadrant anopsia and rotational vertigo. The neurologic symptoms had already been resolved on arrival. Magnetic resonance imaging and digital subtraction angiography revealed an extracranial vertebral artery dissection with no evidence of cerebral infarction. Although medical therapy was initiated, he repeatedly complained of ischemic symptoms. A bypass was performed from the occipital artery to the atlas loop of the vertebral artery with distal occlusion of the lesion. The patient was neurologically intact after the surgery, and magnetic resonance imaging showed no cerebral infarction. A bypass from the occipital artery to the atlas loop of the vertebral artery is an effective procedure for traumatic extracranial vertebral artery dissection with ischemic symptoms.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.wneu.2018.11.220

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