Symptomatic Vertebral Artery Stent Fracture: A Case Report

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Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) with stent placement is the preferred treatment modality at present for atherosclerotic stenotic lesions of vertebral artery origin. A complication of stent placement in the vertebral artery origin that has received little attention is the risk of stent fracture. A case with four-vessel pathology treated with PTA and stent placement in the left vertebral artery origin is presented. Symptoms recurred 4 months after stent placement, and arteriogram revealed a fractured stent, which was treated surgically with stent removal and vertebral artery-common carotid artery reimplantation.

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