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Published online: 2021-06-29
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Persistent trigeminal artery as a rare cause of vertebrobasilar insufficiency

K. Sulima1, J. Chojdak-Łukasiewicz1, B. Paradowski1, M. Guziński2
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Pubmed: 34219212
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Folia Morphol 2022;81(3):785-790.
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  1. Department of Neurology, Wroclaw Medical University, Wroclaw, Poland
  2. Department of General Radiology, Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology, Wroclaw Medical University, Wroclaw, Poland

open access

Vol 81, No 3 (2022)
CASE REPORTS
Submitted: 2021-04-03
Accepted: 2021-06-17
Published online: 2021-06-29

Abstract

The persistent trigeminal artery (PTA) is the most common foetal carotid-basilar anastomosis which may persist into adult life. In the literature there are numerous papers referring to the anatomical characteristics of this anomalous vessel. In the majority of cases PTA is an incidental finding and its clinical significance has been debated. Some authors describe the coincidence of PTA with various clinical syndromes. However, there are few reports linking PTA with the symptoms of vertebrobasilar insufficiency. We present a patient with a 3-year history of recurrent dizziness and impaired vision, precipitated by physical activity, in whom neuroimaging techniques revealed a left PTA. In our case the occurrence of PTA might have been related to the clinical manifestation and the potential mechanism will be discussed.

Abstract

The persistent trigeminal artery (PTA) is the most common foetal carotid-basilar anastomosis which may persist into adult life. In the literature there are numerous papers referring to the anatomical characteristics of this anomalous vessel. In the majority of cases PTA is an incidental finding and its clinical significance has been debated. Some authors describe the coincidence of PTA with various clinical syndromes. However, there are few reports linking PTA with the symptoms of vertebrobasilar insufficiency. We present a patient with a 3-year history of recurrent dizziness and impaired vision, precipitated by physical activity, in whom neuroimaging techniques revealed a left PTA. In our case the occurrence of PTA might have been related to the clinical manifestation and the potential mechanism will be discussed.

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persistent trigeminal artery, computed tomography angiogram, stroke, magnetic resonance imaging, vertebrobasilar insufficiency

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Persistent trigeminal artery as a rare cause of vertebrobasilar insufficiency

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Folia Morphologica

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Vol 81, No 3 (2022)

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Case report

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785-790

Published online

2021-06-29

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10.5603/FM.a2021.0067

Pubmed

34219212

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Folia Morphol 2022;81(3):785-790.

Keywords

persistent trigeminal artery
computed tomography angiogram
stroke
magnetic resonance imaging
vertebrobasilar insufficiency

Authors

K. Sulima
J. Chojdak-Łukasiewicz
B. Paradowski
M. Guziński

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