Occlusion of the basilar artery within a fracture of the clivus. Case report

D. C. Anthony, S. K. Atwater, M. P. Rozear, P. C. Burger

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Abstract

Following a 15-foot fall from a roof, a 70-year-old man became comatose and developed signs of pontine dysfunction. There was a severely comminuted fracture of the distal left femur suggesting that he had landed in an upright position. It was clinically unclear whether the fall was secondary to a pontine infarct; however, an autopsy revealed a fracture of the clivus which had entrapped and occluded the basilar artery, causing death. These findings, and those in similar cases, suggest that this entity results from a force transmitted in an axial direction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)929-931
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of neurosurgery
Volume66
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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