Cervical spasm and myelopathy caused by tortuous vertebral artery after head injury - A case report

S. Y. Chen, C. H. Tseng, J. W. Lin, W. T. Chiu

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A patient with cervical spasm and progressive myelopathy due to spinal cord compression by a loop of abnormal extra-cranial vertebral artery at the cervicomedullary junction after head injury is presented. This occurrence is rare. Magnetic resonance image is diagnostic. Surgical decompression with a piece of silicon sling to retract the vertebral artery away from the cord was curative for the patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-219
Number of pages7
JournalActa Neurologica Taiwanica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes



  • Cervicomedullary junction
  • Myelopathy
  • Vertebral artery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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