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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more


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Schwannoma that is expanding my right neural exit foramen@c3c4 and is encasing the ipsilateral vertebral artery, what symptoms would I have?

Schwannoma that is expanding my right neural exit foramen@c3c4 and is encasing the ipsilateral vertebral artery, what symptoms would I have?

Slow....: Because these benign tumors grow so slowly, you may have no symptoms if the tumor slowly sqeeuzes the vertebral artery off. There is the possibility of pain in the C4 root. A stroke is not impossible. ...Read more

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There is a dominant right vertebral artery. Outpouch measures 2 mm in width and 4 mm in length. Suspicious for an aneurysm. What does it mean?

There is a dominant right vertebral artery. Outpouch measures 2 mm in width and 4 mm in length. Suspicious for an aneurysm. What does it mean?

It means just what-: - U said. It, the study, was telling Ur treating physician 2 have this evaluated this further. It is definitely abnormal & needs more studies such as an arteriography of the vessel. ...Read more

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My consultant said my right vertebral artery is narrower than the left one. But it is something I have been born with and it is not a problem.

My consultant said my right vertebral artery is narrower than the left one. But it is something I have been born with and it is not a problem.

Agree with him: We are different in one way or another. The vertebral arteries help feed the brain. They don't have to be the same diameter. As long as they are delivering enough blood to your brain. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: vertebral artery?

What is the definition or description of: vertebral artery?

See below: A vertebral artery is a small artery that comes of of the aorta (the biggest vessel in the body that takes oxygenated blood away form the heart to deliver to the rest of the body) to give blood to the vertebrae. There are two arteries, one right and one left until the aorta splits. Since the aorta runs right next to the vertebral column, they are very short. ...Read more

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What is hypoplastic right vertebral artery?

What is hypoplastic right vertebral artery?

Normal variant: Hypoplastic right vertebral artery implies that this artery is very small and its function is taken over by the left vertebral artery. This is a normal variant and does not cause any problems unless you develop significant blockage in the left vertebral artery such as happens with vertebral artery dissection. ...Read more

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What is right vertebral artery is mildly hypoplastic?

What is right vertebral artery is mildly hypoplastic?

Congenital: You were born with it that way and it doesn't matter, so forget about it. Your left vertebral artery, left carotid and right carotid are handling the supply for you. ...Read more

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I need to know what is vertebral artery dissection?

Separation of vessel: Vertebral artery dissection is separation or splitting of the layers of the blood vessel wall. This is often related to trauma, and may result in posterior neck pain and vessel clotting or narrowing. You should se a vascular surgeon for consultation. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of vertebral artery dissection?

What are the most common symptoms of vertebral artery dissection?

Vertebral artery sx: The typical presentation of vertebral artery dissection is a young person with severe occipital headache and posterior neck pain following a recent, relatively minor, head or neck injury. Other symptoms: facial pain and numbness, speech difficulty, hoarseness, loss of pain and temperature sensation in the trunk and limbs, loss of taste, hiccups, vertigo, nausea, double vision, or problem swallowi. ...Read more

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What's it like to have a stent in either carotid or vertebral artery?

What's it like to have a stent in either carotid or vertebral artery?

Placed in both: I have experience in deploying stents in both carotid and vertebral arteries. Mostly these are treated with surgery but stenting is a viable option in select group of patients who are not candidates for surgery. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: vertebral artery dissection?

What is the definition or description of: vertebral artery dissection?

A tear in the vessel: Arteries are made up of several layers much like an onion. Occaisionally a small tear in the most inner layer can occur. The blood flows through the artery under high pressure. This jet of blood can separate the layers causing the vessel to obstruct (close off). In the vertebral artery this could cause a stroke. ...Read more

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Vertebral artery compression. Can I have an MRA scan with my head turned right which is what causes my symptoms??

MRI positional: Yes. If the radiologist works with the MRI tech sets up the scan of your neck but many radiologists can look at the standard MRI images and determine the area of question compressing the artery if they know to look for it make sure they have a good history before they read the study ...Read more

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I was stretching and bent my neck quickly sideways hard multiple times. Could my vertebral artery be torn or damaged? I feel slightly dizzy.

I was stretching and bent my neck quickly sideways hard multiple times. Could my vertebral artery be torn or damaged? I feel slightly dizzy.

Unlikely: Very unlikely it would have to be a.vsry sevwre twist and also some disease in your cervical spine If dizziness persists for. Several days see a ddoctor ...Read more

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I got into an accident a few months ago and have strong pulsating sensations in my head ever sense. Could it be vertebral artery compression??? What??

I got into an accident a few months ago and have strong pulsating sensations in my head ever sense. Could it be vertebral artery compression??? What??

To consider..: Do you get dizziness when you rotate your head to one side, or when you look up? Do you ever have sudden difficulty speaking, or blurred vision, or significant weakness of one or more extremity with this kind of motion of the head? These are the typical symptoms associated with vertebral artery syndrome. If you never had imaging after the accident your doc may want to consider some now with symptoms ...Read more

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I have a Vertebral Artery Dolichoectasia compressing my brainstem. Search my vids on youtube typing "engelman brainstem compression". What d u think?

Vertebral artery: Compression of the brain stem by a vertebral artery can cause many neurological signs based on the location of the compressed brain and the exiting cranial nerves. A cerebrovascular surgeon can determine whether the vertebral artery is causing symptoms and develop a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Why is my right vertebral artery smaller than the left? Could this cause problems?

Normal: This is a very common finding. Vertebral arteries are typical referred to as right or left dominant. This reflects one artery larger than the other. Both of the vertebral arteries join to form a single artery called the basilar artery within the brainstem. Having one artery that is larger than another has little overall impact and is a normal finding on radiology or angiography studies. ...Read more

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Is vertebral artery dissection curable?

Is vertebral artery dissection curable?

Generally not: The 2 vertebral arteries arise from the left and right subclavian arteries and supply the brainstem and cerebellum. Dissection is rare (2.5/100, 000), affect women to men 3:1 and can cause stroke in people head trauma, yoga, painting a ceiling. 50% have hbp. Treatment is supportive. Blood thinners are used if bleeding is ruled out. Surgery is not usually an option. ...Read more

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What specialist treat a vertebral artery dissection?

What specialist treat a vertebral artery dissection?

Neuro/Vascular: This kind of catastrophy may need to be handled with neurosurgery and vascular surgery together -- due to their close proximity to the brain and time is paramount. ...Read more

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Do people with vertebral artery dissection have a lot of pain?

Symptoms: Vertebral artery dissection (VAD) can cause localized pain (often described as being sharp, aching or pulsing pain) in the head, neck and face. It is estimated that between half to one third of patients with a VAD experience this type of pain. Though VAD can be diagnosed on the basis of pain alone, it is usually followed by neurological symptoms such as numbness or vertigo within hours or days. ...Read more

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Can a stroke in the medulla (100% blocked right vertebral artery) cause personality changes?

Can a stroke in the medulla (100% blocked right vertebral artery) cause personality changes?

Yes: Any injury to the brain can affect mood or personality. It may be temporary though. Also it is common to get depressed after a stroke and treatment for depression can be very, very helpful now and during the recovery. Talk to the neurologist. Good luck! ...Read more

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Could a past vertebral artery aneurism (?) present as a cyst on a cspine MRI (without contrast) at c6-7?

Could a past vertebral artery aneurism (?) present as a cyst on a cspine MRI (without contrast) at c6-7?

Ask radiologist: This may be a legitimate question to ask the radiologist who viewed your mri. You should make sure that he is aware of your medical history when he takes a second look at the mri. He may also suggest that you do a ct angiogram or a mra study (rather than a non contrast mri) to specifically key in on the blood vessels of that region. ...Read more

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I had an MRA of the head. Everything was normal except on the report it says left vertebral artery mildly dominant. What does this mean?

Normal: It means that the left vertebral artery is slightly larger in diameter than the right. Mild size differences between the vertebral arteries are very common normal variations. ...Read more

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Could you get vertebral artery dissection from neck cracking?

Could you get vertebral artery dissection from neck cracking?

Neck cracking: The exact causes of dissection are poorly understood however traumatic events associated with sudden dramatic neck movement have at times been seen with dissection ...Read more

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Is it possible to get vertebral artery dissection from neck cracking?

Possibly: Any jerking motion of the neck can lead to carotid artery or vertebral artery dissection. I've seen them with car accidents and a rare couple of cases with chiropractic manipulation. I can't imagine that slow turning of the neck would lead to vertebral dissection though. ...Read more

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Can a pinched vertebral artery in your neck cause a pulsating sensation in or around your head of the other arteries?

Can a pinched vertebral artery in your neck cause a pulsating sensation in or around your head of the other arteries?

Vertebral artery: No. A pinched (stenotic) vertebral artery may not have any symptoms if the opposite vertebral artery is large enough to carry the additional flow. When there is blockage of one vertebral artery and poor collateral flow from other arteries then the pinched vertebral artery can cause imbalance, spinning of the room (vertigo), and light headedness or fainting. ...Read more

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33 year old female with hypertension and received mra results that show mild to moderate vertebral artery stenosis. What does this mean usually?

33 year old female with hypertension and received mra results that show mild to moderate vertebral artery stenosis. What does this mean usually?

Need to be watched: Means you have early narrowing of blood vessels in your neck. Which can progress and cause further narrowing and increase risk of stroke. No surgery needed now, but you have to be on high doses if statins and an Aspirin a day. Repeat carotid doppler every 2 years. If you have high blood pressure or diabetes, should be well controlled. ...Read more

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Can vertebral artery dissection cause slight bleed out or form hemotoma on exterior rather then within artery wall - if so, what could that cause?

Yes, not as above: Vertebral artery dissections can cause bleeding usually from the dissection/rupture of a saccular aneurysm. These aneurysms are more common intracranially than in the extracranial location. The aneurysms are typically located at branch points of the major vessel. Treatment of the aneurysm is typically endovascular, with the placement of coils to occlude the aneurysm. ...Read more

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MRA shows possible right vertebral artery occlusion, second MRA shows the right vertebral being a lot smaller than left. Is it occluded or small?!

MRA shows possible right vertebral artery occlusion, second MRA shows the right vertebral being a lot smaller than left. Is it occluded or small?!

That is a question-: -U need ask Ur provider. 2 MRI's of the same area can show occlusion or narrowing, as the position of the patients may vary a small amount, & the true pathology may not B Cn. ...Read more

Vertebral Artery (Definition)

A vertebral artery is a small artery that comes of of the aorta (the biggest vessel in the body that takes oxygenated blood away form the heart to deliver to the rest of the body) to give blood to the vertebrae. There are two arteries, one right and one left until the aorta splits. Since the aorta runs right next to the vertebral column, ...Read more