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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 69  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 184--186

Endovascular Treatment of a Primary Extracranial Vertebral Artery Aneurysm Causing Ischemic Stroke

Department of Neurosurgery, Xuanwu Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China

Correspondence Address:
Yabing Wang
Xuanwu Hospital, Capital Medical University, 45 Changchun Street, Xicheng district, 100053, Beijing
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.310099

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Background and Aims: Extracranial vertebral artery aneurysms are a rare cause of embolic stroke; various surgical and endovascular treatment options are available. Methods: We report a 44-year-old man with a symptomatic proximal extracranial vertebral artery aneurysm of unclear etiology. The patient presented with brainstem infarction, and the diagnosis of primary extracranial vertebral artery aneurysm was made by computed tomography angiography (CTA). Results: This patient's aneurysm was definitively treated using an endovascular approach with placement of a covered stent in the right proximal vertebral artery. Conclusion: Although aneurysms of this location are traditionally repaired with open aneurysmectomy, we show that endovascular treatment can be a safe and effective alternative approach. In the case reported here, primary extracranial vertebral artery aneurysm presenting with embolic stroke was successfully treated with a covered stent. Complete exclusion of the aneurysm from blood circulation is advisable to achieve full resolution of the embolic source.


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