Dolichoectasia involving the vertebrobasilar and carotid artery systems

J Clin Neurosci. 2009 Oct;16(10):1344-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2008.12.022. Epub 2009 Jun 30.


Dolichoectasia is an angiopathy characterized by dilatation, elongation, and tortuosity of the brain arteries. It most frequently involves the vertebral and basilar arteries; involvement of both the vertebrobasilar and carotid systems is rare. We present a patient with fatal dolichoectasia involving both the vertebrobasilar and carotid artery systems.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Basilar Artery / diagnostic imaging
  • Basilar Artery / pathology*
  • Carotid Arteries / diagnostic imaging
  • Carotid Arteries / pathology
  • Cerebral Angiography / methods
  • Dilatation, Pathologic / complications*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Myocardial Ischemia / complications*
  • Myocardial Ischemia / diagnostic imaging
  • Vertebrobasilar Insufficiency / complications*
  • Vertebrobasilar Insufficiency / diagnostic imaging