Anastomosis and endovascular treatment of iatrogenic vertebral artery injuryopen access
- An, T.Y.; Kang, D.H.; Kim, D.H.
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- Korean Neurotraumatology Society
- Endovascular procedure; Metastasis; Surgical anastomosis; Vertebral artery
- Korean Journal of Neurotrauma, v.17, no.2, pp.204 - 211
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- Korean Journal of Neurotrauma
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- Iatrogenic vertebral artery injury (VAI) that occurs during cervical spine surgery can cause life-threatening complications, such as arteriovenous fistulas, catastrophic bleeding, neurological impairment, cerebral ischemia, and death. We report a case of dominant VAI during surgery and the treatment of a 60-year-old man diagnosed with a C1-2-3 metastatic spine tumor from urothelial carcinoma. Active bleeding occurred during tumor resection using pituitary forceps, immediately followed by gauze packing and manual compression. Post further resection, we found that the vertebral artery (VA) was completely severed. After temporary clamping on both sides of the damaged VA, an artificial graft anastomosis was performed. After verifying that the flow was intact using Doppler Sonography, Occiput-C1-4-5-6 posterolateral fusion was performed. Angiography was performed immediately after surgery. We found a thrombus occluding the left VA, and performed mechanical thrombectomy and stent insertion. The final angiography showed good VA flow with no emboli. In this case, VA anastomosis and endovascular treatment were performed within a relatively short period of time post VAI, and the patient was able to recover without any neurological deficits. ? 2021 Korean Neurotraumatology Society
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