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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2010, Article ID 938219, 3 pages
Case Report

Extracranial Vertebral Artery Aneurysm Presenting as a Chronic Cervical Mass Lesion

1Department of Neurosurgery, University of Athens Medical School, Evangelismos General Hospital, Pangrati, 116 32 Athens, Greece
2Hellenic Center for Neurosurgical Research “Petros Kokkalis”, Greece
3Department of Neurosurgery, University of Thessaloniki Medical School, AHEPA General Hospital, 54006 Thessaloniki, Greece

Received 2 January 2010; Accepted 22 February 2010

Academic Editor: Charlie Strange

Copyright © 2010 Lampis C. Stavrinou et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Aneurysms of the extracranial vertebral artery are rare and can provide a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. Methods. We reviewed the clinical history of a patient presenting with cervical radiculopathy, who harboured an extracranial vertebral artery aneurysm eroding the cervical spine. Results. CT Angiography and MR Angiography set the diagnosis, by revealing a left C5-C6 vertebral artery aneurysm with cervical root impingement. Bony reconstruction depicted enlargement of the C6 transverse foramen and a marked enlargement of the C6-C7 intravertebral foramen. The lesion was treated by intravascular proximal vertebral artery occlusion. Conclusions. Extracranial vertebral artery aneurysms require a high index of clinical suspicion. This is the first report of a vertebral artery pseudoaneurysm presenting with bony erosion, which supports a less minacious portrayal of vertebral artery aneurysms.