Intradural vertebral endarterectomy with nonautologous patch angioplasty for refractory vertebrobasilar ischemia: Case report and literature review

Timothy Uschold, Adib A. Abla, David A. Wilson, Cameron G. McDougall, Peter Nakaji

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Background: The natural history of patients with symptomatic vertebrobasilar ischemic symptoms due to chronic bilateral vertebral artery occlusive disease is progressive, and poses significant challenges when refractory to medical therapy. Surgical treatment options depend largely on location and characteristics of the atheroma (s), and generally include percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) with or without stent placement, posterior circulation revascularization (bypass), extracranial vertebral artery reconstruction, or vertebral artery endarterectomy.

Case Description: We present the case of a 56-year-old male with progressive vertebrobasilar ischemia due to tandem lesions in the right vertebral artery at the origin and intracranially in the V4 segment. The contralateral vertebral artery was occluded to the level of posterior inferior cerebellar artery (PICA) and posterior communicating arteries were absent. Following PTA and stent placement at the right vertebral artery origin, the patient was successfully treated with intradural vertebral artery endarterectomy (V4EA) and patch angioplasty via the far lateral approach. Distal endovascular intervention at the V4 segment proved not technically feasible after multiple attempts.

Conclusions: V4EA is an uncommonly performed procedure, but may be considered for carefully selected patients. The authors' techniques and indications are discussed. Historical outcomes, relevant anatomic considerations, and lessons learned are reviewed from the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number145927
JournalSurgical Neurology International
Issue numberSupplement
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes



  • Endarterectomy
  • Patch angioplasty
  • Vertebral stenosis
  • Vertebrobasilar ischemia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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