Korean J Otolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2006 Sep;49(9):946-948.

A Case of Cerebellar Infarction Caused by Vertebral Artery Injury

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology, College of Medicine, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Korea. capetown@hanmail.net
  • 2Department of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Korea.

Abstract

Injury to vertebral vessel is not usually associated with neurologic deficit and a lot of such injuries have not been recognized. Also, vertebral artery injuries are the least common arterial injuries because of their deep location in a bony canal. The incidence of vertebral artery injury occurring in penetration wound of the neck varies from 1.0% in gunshot wounds to 7.4% in stab wounds. But even vertebral artery injuries in penetration wound of the neck rarely results in cerebellar infarction. Authors experienced a case of cerebellar infarction induced by post-vertebral artery injury in penetration wound of the neck with hypoplastic contralateral verterbral artery. We thus report with a review of the related literature.

Keyword

Cerebellum; Infarction; Vertebral artery; Injury
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