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J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2006 Sep-Oct;15(5):228-31.

Carotid and vertebral rete mirabile in man presenting with intraparenchymal hemorrhage: a case report.

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Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA.


Carotid and vertebral rete mirabile is an unusual segmental regression of both the cavernous carotid artery and transdural vertebral arteries with a network of collateral vessels seen rarely in human beings. We present a 57-year-old woman with carotid and vertebral rete mirabile who presented with an acute intraparenchymal hemorrhage. The majority of patients present with subarachnoid hemorrhage or ischemic stroke. This is the first case of a non-Asian patient presenting with an intraparenchymal hemorrhage. In this case report, we describe the clinical and angiographic features of this unusual entity.

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