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JOURNAL OF NEUROSURGICAL SCIENCES
A Journal on Neurosurgery
Indexed/Abstracted in: e-psyche, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Neuroscience Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
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Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 1999 September;43(3):195-9
Fatal basilar artery thrombosis after traumatic cervical facet dislocation. Case report
Vishteh A. G., Coscarella E., Nguyen B., Sonntag V. K. H., McDougall C. G.
Division of Neurological Surgery, Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona - School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles
The authors detail a rare case of basilar artery thrombosis in a patient with traumatic cervical spine facet dislocation. Although the patient’s deficits could initially be explained by the spinal injury, deterioration to a “locked-in-state” could not. In addition to vertebral artery injuries, the basilar artery can also be indirectly involved in cases of cervical spine trauma. In the rare viable patient, immediate reduction of cervical spine dislocation may allow endovascular thrombolysis, if not otherwise contraindicated.