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S Fukui, H Tanaka, K Kobayashi, T Kajiyama, M Mitsuno, M Yamamura, M Ryomoto, Y Miyamoto
OBJECTIVES: In thoracic and thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, spinal cord injury (SCI) is devastating. Detection of the Adamkiewicz artery might be important for preventing SCI. Although thoracic endovascular stent grafts often occlude the segmental artery, the incidence of SCI in thoracic endovascular aortic repair is thought to be low compared with open repair. This study aimed to evaluate how the Adamkiewicz artery is supplied after segmental arteries are occluded by stent grafts...
October 21, 2016: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Adnan Bashir Bhatti, Sunny Kim
A 79-year-old female presented with incapacitating chronic neck pain. The patient's pain which was greatest on the left side persisted for 18 months and was described as stabbing in nature (10/10 intensity). In addition to her neck pain, the patient described having frequent headaches. After six weeks of physical therapy and undergoing a rhizotomy procedure, she showed no prolonged improvement. An epidural steroid injection provided only temporary pain relief and was followed by a successful posterior fusion using the Harms technique with iliac crest autogenous bone grafting and placement of polyaxial screws in the C1 lateral masses and C2 pedicles...
September 21, 2016: Curēus
Wenxian Li, Youzhen Feng, Weibiao Lu, Xie Xie, Zhilin Xiong, Zhen Jing, Xiangran Cai, Li'an Huang
PURPOSE: To determine the morphological changes of intracranial arteries and whole-brain perfusion in undetermined isolated vertigo (UIV) patients using 320-detector row computed tomography (CT). METHODS: A total of 150 patients who underwent CT angiography (CTA) and CT perfusion (CTP) imaging were divided into UIV group and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) group. Sixty individuals with sex- and age-matched without vertigo and cerebral diseases served as the control...
November 15, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Borisav Stojanović, Ljiljana Vasović, Slobodan Vlajković, Milena Trandafilović, Marija Mladenović
A specificity of the vertebrobasilar system (VBS) is a convergent junction of paired vertebral arteries (VAs) in the basilar artery (BA) usually at the level of bulbopontine sulcus on the ventral side of the rhombencephalon. We revealed multiple VBS variations (a high junction of both VAs, absence of posterior inferior cerebellar arteries, short and ectatic BA, hypoplasia and initial duplication of the left anterior inferior cerebellar artery, and bilateral common trunks of the posterior cerebral and superior cerebellar arteries) in a 52-year-old male that routinely autopsied at the Institute of Forensic Medicine...
October 21, 2016: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
Chai Kobkitsuksakul, Pakorn Jiarakongmun, Ekachat Chanthanaphak, Sirintara Pongpech
PURPOSE: The classic symptoms and signs of carotid cavernous sinus fistula or cavernous sinus dural arteriovenous fistula (AVF) consist of eye redness, exophthalmos, and gaze abnormality. The angiography findings typically consist of arteriovenous shunt at cavernous sinüs with ophthalmic venous drainage with or without cortical venous reflux. In rare circumstances, the shunts are localized outside the cavernous sinus, but mimic symptoms and radiography of the cavernous shunt. We would like to present the other locations of the arteriovenous shunt, which mimic the clinical presentation of carotid cavernous fistulae, and analyze venous drainages...
October 21, 2016: Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology: Official Journal of the Turkish Society of Radiology
Scott Seaman, Paul Nelson, Jacob Alexander, Andrew Swift, James Fick
The authors present the case of a 53-year-old man who was referred with disabling retching provoked by left arm abduction. At the time of his initial evaluation, a cervical MRI study was available for review and revealed an anatomical variation of the ipsilateral juxtamedullary vertebrobasilar junction. After brain imaging revealed contact of the medulla by a dolichoectatic vertebral artery at the dorsal root entry zone of the glossopharyngeal and vagus nerves, the patient was successfully treated by microvascular decompression of the brainstem and cranial nerves...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
Matthieu Delion, Mickael Dinomais, Philippe Mercier
Surgery of the posterior fossa represents a technical challenge because of the proximity of the vessels of the cerebellum. If the arterial vascularization of the cerebellum is well known, the main arterial variations and the whole venous vascularization are probably under recognized. We describe the vascular organization and the main variations through photographs of colored latex perfused brains, obtained with a surgical microscope. The arterial vascularization of the cerebellum is based on three arteries which all originate from the vertebrobasilar system: the superior cerebellar artery (SCA), the anterior and inferior cerebellar artery (AICA), and the posterior and inferior cerebellar artery (PICA)...
October 20, 2016: Cerebellum
Faisal R Jahangiri, Sami Al Eissa, Samir Sayegh, Fahad Al Helal, Shomoukh A Al-Sharif, Monerah M Annaim, Sheryar Muhammad, Tanweer Aziz
A 16-year-old male patient with Ehler-Danlos syndrome (EDS) and a back deformity since birth presented with severe kyphoscoliosis. The patient was neurologically intact but had respiratory and cardiac insufficiencies. A two-stage vertebral column resection (VCR) at T9-T10 with multiple level fusion with multimodality intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) was planned.  During the first stage, pedicle screws were placed at multiple spinal levels above and below the VCR level. Upper and lower somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEP), transcranial electrical motor evoked potentials (TCeMEP), and electromyography were monitored continuously and showed no significant changes...
August 31, 2016: Curēus
M Barburoglu, A Arat
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: There is very limited data concerning utilization of flow diverters in children. Our aim is to report results for the treatment of complex intracranial aneurysms and carotid cavernous fistulas by using flow diverters in children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective review of children (17 years of age or younger) treated with flow diverters between May 2011 and July 2014 was performed. Clinical and laboratory data and angiographic findings were extracted...
October 20, 2016: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Nicole A Lamparello, Vijay Jaswani, Keith DeSousa, Maksim Shapiro, Sandor Kovacs
We present a case of a 41-year-old man with symptomatic pulmonary cement embolism following percutaneous vertebral augmentation, which was successfully retrieved via a percutaneous endovascular approach, a novel technique with only two prior cases reported. Cement leakage, including venous embolization of cement into the cardiopulmonary circulation, is a known potential complication following percutaneous kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty. While many patients with pulmonary cement embolism are asymptomatic and likely go undiagnosed, others experience respiratory distress and hemodynamic compromise requiring surgical and medical intervention...
July 2016: Journal of Radiology Case Reports
Shixiao Zhang, Zan Guo, Shijie Yang, Huijuan Ma, Congrui Fu, Sheng Wang, Yi Zhang, Yixian Liu, Jie Hu
OBJECTIVE: Providing adequate protection against cerebral ischemia remains an unrealized goal. The present study was aimed at testing whether chronic intermittent hypobaric hypoxia (CIHH) would have protective effects against cerebral ischemia and investigating the potential role of mitochondrial membrane ATP-sensitive potassium channel (mitoKATP) in this effect. METHODS: Ischemia was induced in rats by occlusion of bilateral common carotid arteries for 8min on day 2 after bilateral vertebral arteries were permanently electrocauterized and CIHH was simulated in a hypoxic chamber...
October 16, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
Masateru Nagae, Yasuo Mikami, Kentaro Mizuno, Tomohisa Harada, Takumi Ikeda, Hitoshi Tonomura, Ryota Takatori, Hiroyoshi Fujiwara, Toshikazu Kubo
INTRODUCTION: Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) cement is useful for spinal reconstruction, but can cause complications including new vertebral fractures, neurological disorders and pulmonary embolism. We report a case in PMMA cement used for spinal reconstruction after tumor curettage dislodged and penetrated the gastrointestinal tract. DIAGNOSES: The patient was diagnosed with a retroperitoneal extragonadal germ cell tumor at age 27 years. After chemotherapy and tumor resection, the tumor remained...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Evan H Einstein, Linda H Song, Natalia L A Villela, Gregory B Fasani-Feldberg, Jonathan L Jacobs, Dolly O Kim, Akshay Nathawat, Devika Patel, Roger B Bender, Daniel F Peters
Anatomic anomalies of the aortic arch have implications for clinical practice if their significance is understood. Our case study involves a cadaveric finding of the left vertebral artery originating directly from the aortic arch. Although this anatomical variation has been documented, the prevalence of this anomaly may be generally underestimated. After noting this anomaly, we analyzed 27 cases and found that four female cadavers had the left vertebral artery originating from the aortic arch rather than the left subclavian artery...
April 2016: Aorta (Stamford, Conn.)
Kazuyuki Shimada
Stroke is known to frequently recur in patients with a history of cerebrovascular disease, and the control of hypertension is extremely important for the treatment of those patients. The robust relationship between the recurrent cerebrovascular disease and blood pressure control has been demonstrated in large-scale clinical studies. The antihypertensive drug therapy significantly reduces the recurrence rate of all types of cerebrovascular disease, incidences of myocardial infarction and all vascular events...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Dawid Walas, Eva Von Roloff, Julian Paton
OBJECTIVE: Our hypothesis is that hypoperfusion of the brainstem is due to elevated vertebrobasilar artery resistance, triggers hypertension. We asked: is there a functional relationship between the sympathetic innervation to the vertebrobasilar system and its remodelling in the SHR? DESIGN AND METHOD: SHRs (11-12 weeks old) received either sham surgery or bilateral SCGx. Animals recovered for 14 days, were then perfused-fixed with 4% PFA and the vertebrobasilar arteries examined using both immunohistofluorecent staining of sympathetic (anti-DβH) and parasympathetic (anti-VAChT) fibres, and by cross sectional examination of vertebral and basilar arteries...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Shuhua Li, Yunyun Li, Min Bai, Chuanchen Zhang
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to investigate duplication of the vertebral artery (VA) using three-dimensional time-of-flight (3D TOF) magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) in a large study population to further our understanding of vascular variations. MATERIAL AND METHODS A retrospective analysis of 3D TOF-MRA data in 12 826 cases was performed. The occurrence rate of VA duplication was calculated and accompanied vascular anomalies were recoded. RESULTS Twenty-one VA duplication patients were found, with an occurrence rate of 0...
October 17, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Dao Pei Zhang, Gui Feng Lu, Jie Wen Zhang, Shu Ling Zhang, Qian Kun Ma, Suo Yin
BACKGROUND: We aimed in this study to investigate the prevalence of vertebral artery hypoplasia (VAH) in a population with isolated vertigo in association with stroke risk factors, to determine whether VAH is an independent risk factor for posterior circulation infarction (PCI). METHODS: We sequentially enrolled 245 patients with isolated vertigo with at least 1 vascular risk factor, who were divided into PCI and non-PCI groups, according to present signs of acute infarction on diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Lucy C Thomas, Lesley Ann Hall, John R Attia, Elizabeth G Holliday, Hugh S Markus, Christopher R Levi
BACKGROUND: Cervical artery dissection (CAD) is a leading cause of stroke among middle-aged adults, but the etiology is unclear. Some reports of seasonal variation in CAD incidence have been suggested but may reflect extreme climatic conditions. Seasonal variation may implicate more transient seasonal causes such as proinflammatory or hypercoagulable states. This study aimed to assess whether CAD incidence varied with season between UK and Australian sites. Also, this study aimed to determine whether there was a different pattern of seasonal variation between arteries (carotid and vertebral) and any association between CAD incidence and clinical factors...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Jian Liu, Linkai Jing, Ying Zhang, Ying Song, Yang Wang, Chuanhui Li, Yanmin Wang, Shiqing Mu, Nikhil Paliwal, Hui Meng, Italo Linfante, Xinjian Yang
BACKGROUND: Intracranial vertebral artery dissecting aneurysms (VADAs) tend to recur despite successful stent-assisted coil embolization (SACE). Hemodynamics is useful in evaluating aneurysmal formation, growth and rupture. Our aim was to evaluate the hemodynamic patterns of VADA's recurrence. METHODS: Between September 2009 and November 2013, all consecutive patients with recurrent VADAs after SACE in our institutions were enrolled. Recurrence was defined as recanalization and/or regrowth...
October 11, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Makarand Kulkarni, Vinay Chauhan, Sudheer Shetty
Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) is a disease characterized by thunderclap headache with severe vasospasm of middle sized vessels of circle of Willis or the extracranial circulation which spontaneously revert back. We report a middle aged female with severe headache and vasospasm of the vertebral arteries and vessels of circle of Willis causing multiple cerebral infarcts. The vasospasm resolved within 3 months.
June 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
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