Rinsho Shinkeigaku (Clinical Neurology)

Case Report

Cervical cord infarction associated with unilateral vertebral artery dissection due to golf swing

Kazuki Tokumoto, M.D.1) and Nobuhiko Ueda, M.D.1)

1)Department of Neurology, Ishikiriseiki Hospital

A-68-year-old man experienced nuchal pain and bilateral shoulder weakness that occurred suddenly after he performed a golf swing. He was conscious. His cranial nerves were normal, but bilateral deltoid and biceps muscle strengths weakened. Magnetic resonance image (MRI) showed no brain stem infarctions or cervical epidural hematoma. We tentatively diagnosed him with concussion of the spinal cord because of mild recovery of his bilateral upper limb weakness after several hours; he was later discharged. The next day, he suddenly developed serious tetraplegia and was admitted to the emergency department. His breathing was controlled by a respirator as he had expectoration difficulty and respiratory muscle paralysis. A lesion in the cervical cord became apparent on MRI; the right vertebral artery was not detected on magnetic resonance angiography. Cervical MRI showed the intimal flap and a lack of flow void in the right vertebral artery. These findings revealed a right vertebral artery dissection. Cervical cord infarction due to unilateral vertebral artery dissection is rarer than posterior cerebral infarction due to the same pathogenesis; however, some such cases have been reported. We consider the present case to be caused by cervical cord infarction associated with unilateral vertebral artery dissection resulting from golf swing.
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(CLINICA NEUROL, 54: 151|157, 2014)
key words: golf, vertebral artery dissection, cervical cord infarction, spinal cord infarction

(Received: 10-Jun-13)