More than a pain in the neck: Vertebral artery dissection and subarachnoid hemorrhage

David J. Blacker, Orhun H. Kantarci, Harry Cloft, Jonathan A. Friedman

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Intracranial vertebral artery dissection is an uncommon but important cause of subarachnoid hemorrhage. These patients have a predilection for early rebleeding that makes early diagnosis and intervention imperative. The arterial dissection and associated dissecting aneurysm are often located close to the origin of the posterior-inferior cerebellar artery. Endovascular treatment techniques have been increasingly employed. An illustrative case that was treated successfully with coils but complicated by a posterior-inferior cerebellar artery territory infarction is presented. The objectives are to highlight the clinical features of this condition and to describe the problems associated with treatment, particularly those related to the posterior-inferior cerebellar artery origin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-98
Number of pages4
JournalNeurocritical care
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004


  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Vertebral artery dissection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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