Vertebrobasilar dolichoectasia: assessment using MR

Neuroradiology. 1988;30(6):518-23. doi: 10.1007/BF00339693.


We evaluated six patients with vertebrobasilar dolichoectasia (VBD) comparing clinical presentation with magnetic resonance (MR) and computed tomography (CT) imaging. MR diagnosed the condition as well as CT in all cases, but proved superior to CT in delineating the anatomical relationship of the vessels to the neural structures. MR proved especially useful in cases of VBD-associated hydrocephalus and posterior fossa masses. A coexisting tumor was diagnosed by MR in one case.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Basilar Artery / abnormalities*
  • Basilar Artery / diagnostic imaging
  • Basilar Artery / pathology
  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hydrocephalus / diagnosis
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Vertebral Artery / abnormalities*
  • Vertebral Artery / diagnostic imaging
  • Vertebral Artery / pathology