Cerebellar infarction resulting from traumatic occlusion of a vertebral artery. Case report

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A case is reported of a patient who suffered a gunshot wound of the neck which resulted in occlusion of a vertebral artery. Within a few hours he deteriorated neurologically to a comatose state with a gaze paresis and a facial paresis ipsilateral to the occluded vertebral artery. The diagnosis of cerebellar infarction with brain-stem compression was made clinically, and a posterior fossa decompression was carried out promptly. The patient has made an excellent recovery. Cerebellar infarction, like cerebellar hemorrhage, may act as a posterior fossa mass requiring neurosurgical decompression. This report emphasizes that such a pathological process may occur after certain injuries that are likely to result in occlusion of a vertebral artery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-113
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery
Volume51
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 1979
Externally publishedYes

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Vertebral Artery
Infarction
Decompression
Brain Stem Infarctions
Gunshot Wounds
Facial Paralysis
Paresis
Pathologic Processes
Coma
Neck
Hemorrhage
Wounds and Injuries

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  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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Cerebellar infarction resulting from traumatic occlusion of a vertebral artery. Case report. / Heros, Roberto.

In: Journal of Neurosurgery, Vol. 51, No. 1, 01.12.1979, p. 111-113.

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