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Headache and transient visual loss as the only presenting symptoms of vertebral artery dissection: a case report

Yvon, C., Adams, A., McLauchlan, Duncan and Ramsden, C. 2016. Headache and transient visual loss as the only presenting symptoms of vertebral artery dissection: a case report. Journal of Medical Case Reports 10 , p. 105. 10.1186/s13256-016-0893-8

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Abstract

Vertebral artery dissection is an important cause of stroke in the young and diagnosis is often challenging as symptoms are varied and subtle. Case presentation A 33-year-old, previously healthy, white male office worker was stretching his neck when he developed sudden left-sided visual loss lasting 5 minutes associated with headache. He had no other neurological symptoms or signs. He was investigated with a computed tomography angiogram, which revealed a left vertebral artery dissection with a right posterior cerebral artery vascular occlusion. Conclusions We describe an atypical case of vertebral artery dissection presenting with sudden transient visual disturbance without neurological signs in an otherwise healthy man. This is a rare but potentially fatal condition that can result in thromboembolic infarction. A high index of suspicion is crucial to make an early diagnosis and avoid devastating neurological outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: BioMed Central
ISSN: 1752-1947
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 10 October 2018
Date of Acceptance: 3 April 2016
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2018 09:21
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/101717

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