Vertebral artery dissection diagnosed by non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging

Scott Med J. 2000 Aug;45(4):119-20. doi: 10.1177/003693300004500408.


A forty-year-old man developed right-sided neck discomfort whilst cycling to work. On admission to hospital he was found to have signs of bilateral cerebellar dysfunction. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain demonstrated bilateral areas of cerebellar infarction. Doppler ultrasound of the vertebral arteries was abnormal and non-invasive gradient echo time of flight magnetic resonance angiography confirmed the clinical diagnosis of vertebral artery dissection. The patient was anticoagulated for a period of three months and made a full recovery.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anticoagulants / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Male
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vertebral Artery Dissection / diagnosis*
  • Vertebral Artery Dissection / drug therapy
  • Vertebral Artery Dissection / physiopathology


  • Anticoagulants