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Unilateral right occipital condyle to C2 level spinal cord infarction associated with ipsilateral vertebral artery stenosis and contralateral vertebral artery dissection: a case report

OBJECTIVES: To illustrate the clinical presentation, diagnosis, management, and outcome of unilateral right occipital condyle to C2 level spinal cord infarction. SETTING: A teaching hospital in Taiwan. FINDINGS: A 37-year-old man presented with acute-onset severe right neck pain before weakness developed in both right limbs. Early diagnosis was delayed due to mild intervertebral herniation of the C4-C5 disk. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed unilateral right occipital condyle to C2 level infarction. Angiography showed stenosis of the right vertebral artery (foraminal and intradural segments), and dissection of the left vertebral artery at the C1-C2 level. At discharge, he walked with assistance; 2 weeks later, he walked independently. CONCLUSIONS: An early diagnosis is difficult but important, as it facilitates appropriate treatment for better functional and survival outcomes. Accurate early diagnosis can be made with adequate knowledge of spinal cord infarction and high index of suspicion for this condition

Keywords : Adult,Angiography,Arteries,Axis,Cervical Vertebra,Cerebral Angiography,China,diagnosis,Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging,Dissection,Early Diagnosis,Humans,Infarction,Magnetic Resonance Imaging,Male,Neck,Neck Pain,Occipital Bone,Pain,pathology,Recovery of Function,rehabilitation,Spinal Cord,Taiwan,Vertebral Artery,Vertebral Artery Dissection,Vertebrobasilar Insufficiency,, Right,Occipital,Condyle,C2, deep tissue massage london

Date of Publication : 2011

Authors : Wang CM;Tsai WL;Lo YL;Chen JY;Wong AM;

Organisation : Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital, Taoyuan, Taiwan, Republic of China. cmw1314@adm.cgmh.org.tw

Journal of Publication : J Spinal Cord Med

Pubmed Link : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21528635

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