|Authors||Feinberg RL, Sorrell K, Wheeler JR, Gregory RT, Snyder SO, Gayle RG, Parent FN|
|Journal||J. Vasc. Surg. Volume: 18 Issue: 5 Pages: 889-94|
|Publish Date||1993 Nov|
A 32-year-old man was transferred to our hospital after a 2.0 by 2.5 cm traumatic false aneurysm of the distal extracranial vertebral artery was noted after a stab wound of the posterior side of the neck. To obviate the need for operative exposure of the distal vertebral artery at the base of the skull, we elected to perform duplex-directed manual occlusion of the lesion. Angiography before and after the procedure, as well as 10-month follow-up duplex ultrasonography, demonstrated satisfactory thrombosis of the false aneurysm without evidence of a residual arterial defect. There was no morbidity associated with the procedure. We conclude that duplex-directed manual occlusion, a new technique recently described for the nonoperative management of postcatheterization femoral false aneurysms, can be applied safely and effectively to false aneurysms in other locations in which the risks and technical difficulties of operative repair render surgery less desirable.