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Vertebral Artery Dissection

A 42 year-old man developed severe right neck pain following minor trauma. He also noted transient vertigo and right facial numbness.

Show the Dissection in the Right Vertebral        Show the Normal Left Vertebral        Show the Resolution of the Dissection at Week 8

Axial MRI imaging with fat suppression (i.e., dissection protocol). Notice the normal flow void in the left vertebral artery. However, the right vertebral artery is poorly seen. The area of bright signal represents blood inside the vessel wall from the dissection.

Revised 04/26/06.
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