Management of Vertebral Artery Injuries after Nonpenetrating Cervical Trauma.

Academic Article

Abstract

  • DIAGNOSTIC: Standards There is insufficient evidence to support diagnostic standards. Guidelines There is insufficient evidence to support diagnostic guidelines. Options Conventional angiography or magnetic resonance angiography is recommended for the diagnosis of vertebral artery injury after nonpenetrating cervical trauma in patients who have complete cervical spinal cord injuries, fracture through the foramen transversarium, facet dislocation, and/or vertebral subluxation. TREATMENT: Standards There is insufficient evidence to support treatment standards. Guidelines There is insufficient evidence to support treatment guidelines. Options Anticoagulation with intravenous heparin is recommended for patients with vertebral artery injury who have evidence of posterior circulation stroke.Either observation or treatment with anticoagulation in patients with vertebral artery injuries and evidence of posterior circulation ischemia is recommended.Observation in patients with vertebral artery injuries and no evidence of posterior circulation ischemia is recommended.
  • Published In

  • Neurosurgery  Journal
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    Author List

  • Hadley MN; Walters BC; Grabb PA; Oyesiku NM; Przybylski GJ; Resnick DK; Ryken TC
  • Start Page

  • S173
  • End Page

  • S178
  • Volume

  • 50
  • Issue

  • suppl_3