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Neurologia medico-chirurgica
Vol. 45 (2005) No. 7 P 360-362



Case Reports

A 62-year-old woman presented with right hemifacial spasm persisting for 6 months. Brain magnetic resonance imaging and digital subtraction angiography showed a wide-neck aneurysm of the intracranial portion of the right vertebral artery. The patient underwent endovascular trapping of the aneurysm by coil embolization of the parent vessel on both sides of the aneurysm. The patient experienced gradual disappearance of the hemifacial spasm within 3 months. No relapses occurred during a follow-up period of 3 years. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed shrinkage of the vertebral artery aneurysm which had compressed the facial nerve. Endovascular trapping of a vertebral artery aneurysm can be used to treat hemifacial spasm caused by an aneurysm instead of surgical microvascular decompression.

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