Symptomatic duplication of the vertebral artery

Surg Neurol. 1983 Sep;20(3):244-8. doi: 10.1016/0090-3019(83)90061-7.


A case is presented of extracranial duplication of the vertebral artery in a patient who had spinal cord symptoms for 26 years. Vertebral angiograms and computed tomography with metrizamide enhancement demonstrated a bypass artery of the duplication compresing the upper cervical spinal cord intradurally at the level of the atlas; this finding was verified at operation. The symptomatology and clinical significance of this rare case are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cerebral Angiography
  • Craniotomy
  • Humans
  • Laminectomy
  • Male
  • Neck
  • Spinal Cord / diagnostic imaging
  • Spinal Cord Compression / etiology
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Vertebral Artery / abnormalities*
  • Vertebral Artery / diagnostic imaging
  • Vertebral Artery / surgery