Delayed presentation of a vertebral arterio-venous fistula secondary to penetrating cervical trauma: endovascular management using coil embolisation - a case report Academic Article uri icon

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  • Vertebro-vertebral arteriovenous fistulae occur infrequently. We report on such a case with delayed presentation following penetrating neck injury. This was successfully treated via coil embolisation. A 40-year-old woman presented with a subjective tinnitus that was abolished by turning her head to the right. She had sustained penetrating neck trauma 6 months earlier. Doppler Ultrasound and magnetic resonance angiogram confirmed the presence of a vertebral arterio-venous fistula. Using a trans-femoral arterial approach, the left vertebral artery was embolised by deployment of multiple coils. The patient had no return of symptoms at 3 months follow up. Radiological diagnosis and endovascular management of this condition is discussed.


  • Mortimer, Alex Mark
  • Stubbs, Euan
  • Cookson, Daniel
  • Dawson, Raymond
  • Fleet, Mustafa

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  • 2009