Vertebral artery dissection and golf swing: a paradigmatic new case
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Vertebral artery dissection (VAD) caused by swinging a golf club is extremely rare, and only a few cases of dissection have been reported [1, 2, 3, 4]. Sudden head rotation in swinging a golf club is considered to cause excessive stretch and twist of the vertebral artery (VA) . VAD is also caused by other mild trauma such as chiropractic neck manipulation . As well as describing a new case, we also analyzed the recent literature to find some typical features of this rare event.
A 27-year-old right handed Caucasian male professional golfer, after a long training session swung a driver with nearly maximum force. He suddenly felt intense pain in the right side of his neck that spread to the occipital area. The next day he felt dizzy and unstable in standing and promptly sought help from local hospital. Neurologic examination and brain CT-scan were normal. Following this, 5 days later, he undertook a brain magnetic resonance which showed two acute right cerebellar...
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