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A case with angiographic demonstration of isolated anterior spinal artery occlusion

DOGAN Burcu Vasfiye1, KARA Batuhan2, SELCUK Hatem Hakan2, DIRICAN Ceyhan Ayten1, KOKSAL Ayhan1

MARCH 30, 2018

Clinical Neuroscience - 2018;71(03-04)


Anterior spinal artery syndrome (ASAS) is a rare syndrome which occurs due to thrombosis of anterior spinal artery (ASA) which supplies anterior two thirds of the spinal cord. A 27-year-old female patient was admitted to emergency clinic with sudden onset neck pain, sensory loss and weakness in proximal upper extremities which occurred at rest. Thrombophilia assessment tests were negative. Echocardiography was normal. Serum viral markers were negative. In cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) examination, cell count and biochemistry was normal, oligoclonal band was negative, viral markers for herpes simplex virus (HSV) type-1 and type-2, Brucella, Borrellia, Treponema pallidum, Tuberculosis were negative. Diffusion restriction which reveals acute ischemia was detected in Diffusion weighted MRI. Digital subtraction angiography (DSA) was performed. Medical treatment was 300mg/day acetilsalycilic acid. Patient was discharged from neurology clinics to receive rehabilitation against spasticity.


  1. Bakirkoy Training and Research Hospital for Psychiatry and Neurological Disorders, Istanbul, Turkey
  2. Bakirkoy Dr. Sadi Konuk Bakirkoy Research and Training Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey



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