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Aberrant cervical vasculature anastomosis as cause of neck pain and successful treatment with embolization technique
  1. Lucy He,
  2. Travis R Ladner,
  3. Mark Cobb,
  4. J Mocco
  1. Department of Neurosurgery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr L He, Department of Neurosurgery, Vanderbilt University, 1161 21st Ave South, T4224 MCN, Nashville, TN 37232, USA; lucy.he{at}


We report a patient with non-dermatomal radiating neck pain without focal neurologic deficit. Traditional workup could not identify an anatomic or biomechanical cause. Imaging showed a deep cervical vessel centered in the region of pain. Angiography later identified an aberrant anastomosis of this vessel with the occipital artery. Subsequent endovascular embolization of this arterial trunk resulted in complete pain relief.

  • Blood Flow
  • Spine
  • Embolic
  • Inflammation
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