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September 2019

Zhonghua Yi Xue Za Zhi (Taipei). 1995 Jun; 55(6): 496-500.

Vertebral artery dissection complicated by cervical manipulation: a case report.

Wang JL, Lin JJ, Lin JC, Lie CC, Shih TP, Tsao WL.

Department of Family Medicine, Tri-Service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.

A 32-year-old healthy man developed vomiting, blurred vision, and consciousness disturbance following cervical manipulation. Physical examination showed stuporous consciousness and spontaneous horizontal nystagmus. Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the brain revealed infarction in the territory of the basilar artery. Studies of MR angiography and vertebral angiography disclosed dissection of the right vertebral artery at the atlantoaxial segment. Antiedematous drugs were prescribed and the patient gradually improved. Neurologic examination six months later demonstrated mild cerebellar ataxia. Physicians and patients should be aware that vertebro-basilar dissection may follow cervical manipulation, and, more importantly, should attempt to prevent progressive infarction.


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