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Stenting of complete vertebral artery ostial occlusion in a patient with medically refractory vertebrobasilar ischemia
  1. Ali Reza Noorian1,
  2. Rishi Gupta2,
  3. Raul Gomes Nogueira2
  1. 1Department of Neurology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  2. 2Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Radiology, Emory University School of Medicine, Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center, Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Raul Gomes Nogueira, Emory Faculty Office Building, 80 Jesse Hill Drive, SE Room # 398, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA; rnoguei{at}


The case history is described of a man in his late 50s who presented with recurrent vertebrobasilar ischemic events despite maximal medical treatment in the setting of a complete left vertebral artery ostial occlusion. The complete occlusion was successfully treated with a drug-eluting stent. The patient has been symptom-free for 6 months. Stenting of vertebral artery ostial occlusion is technically feasible in well-selected cases.

  • Stent
  • stroke
  • angiography
  • balloon
  • intervention
  • coil
  • brain
  • aneurysm
  • angioplasty
  • atherosclerosis
  • embolic
  • malformation
  • stenosis
  • thrombolysis
  • catheter
  • technology
  • complication
  • technique
  • thrombectomy
  • subarachnoid
  • arteriovenous

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Ethics approval Ethics approval was provided by Emory University IRB.

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