Article Text

PDF
Case report
Aberrant cervical vasculature anastomosis as cause of neck pain and successful treatment with embolization technique
  1. Lucy He,
  2. Travis R Ladner,
  3. Mark Cobb,
  4. J Mocco
  1. Department of Neurosurgery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr L He, Department of Neurosurgery, Vanderbilt University, 1161 21st Ave South, T4224 MCN, Nashville, TN 37232, USA; lucy.he{at}vanderbilt.edu

Abstract

We report a patient with non-dermatomal radiating neck pain without focal neurologic deficit. Traditional workup could not identify an anatomic or biomechanical cause. Imaging showed a deep cervical vessel centered in the region of pain. Angiography later identified an aberrant anastomosis of this vessel with the occipital artery. Subsequent endovascular embolization of this arterial trunk resulted in complete pain relief.

  • Blood Flow
  • Spine
  • Embolic
  • Inflammation
View Full Text

Statistics from Altmetric.com

Footnotes

  • Republished with permission from BMJ Case Reports Published 27 January 2016; doi:10.1136/bcr-2015-012105

  • Contributors LH conceived the project, gathered the data, prepared the figures, wrote and edited the manuscript, and is the guarantor. TRL critically revised the manuscript and approved the final manuscript. MC conceived the project, edited the manuscript, and approved the final manuscript. JM conceived the project, edited the manuscript, and approved the final manuscript.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Not obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

Request permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.