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Chirurgia 2012 August;25(4):295-6

language: English

Vertebral artery pseudoaneurysm by gunshot wound: endovascular treatment

Hartwig Niebuhr M. 1, Yde J. 2, Hansen M. A. 1, Lönn L. 1, 3, Eiberg J. P. 3

1 Department of Radiology, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark;
2 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Gentofte Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark;
3 Department of Vascular Surgery, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark


The aim of this paper was to report a case of rare traumatic induced vertebral artery pseudoaneurysm and the endovascular treatment and a brief discussion of different treatment options. We present a case of an 8 year old boy incidentally shot in the right shoulder with exit wound on the left side of the neck. The patient developed a pseudoaneurysm on the right vertebral artery, which was treated with endovascular microcoils. Coil embolization of vertebral artery pseudoaneurysm was succesfull and the patient recovered without sequela. Endovascular treatment should be a considered alternative to open surgery.

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