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J Radiol Case Rep. 2009;3(6):9-15. doi: 10.3941/jrcr.v3i6.81. Epub 2009 Jun 1.

Delayed presentation of a vertebral arterio-venous fistula secondary to penetrating cervical trauma: endovascular management using coil embolisation - a case report.

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  • 1Severn School of Radiology, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol, UK.


Vertebro-vertebral arteriovenous fistulae occur infrequently. We report on such a case with delayed presentation following penetrating neck injury. This was successfully treated via coil embolisation. A 40-year-old woman presented with a subjective tinnitus that was abolished by turning her head to the right. She had sustained penetrating neck trauma 6 months earlier. Doppler Ultrasound and magnetic resonance angiogram confirmed the presence of a vertebral arterio-venous fistula. Using a trans-femoral arterial approach, the left vertebral artery was embolised by deployment of multiple coils. The patient had no return of symptoms at 3 months follow up. Radiological diagnosis and endovascular management of this condition is discussed.


Interventional radiology; coil embolisation; endovascular; vertebral arterio-venous fistula

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