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2020 Sep-Dec

Case Rep Neurol


Suppl 1

Subarachnoid Hemorrhage due to Ruptured Spinal Artery Aneurysm: A Diagnostic Challenge.


Nguyen N H, Le V C, Nguyen T Q, Nguyen T H
Case Rep Neurol. 2020 Sep-Dec; 12(Suppl 1):169-175.
PMID: 33505290.


Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) due to a solitary spinal aneurysm is extremely rare. Early diagnosis of spinal SAH is challenging, particularly when the spinal cord has not been compressed. We report a case of a 45-year-old male who presented with sudden onset of abdominal pain, followed by severe headache, vomiting, and generalized seizure. Three days after admission to the hospital, he developed progressive paraparesis. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed spinal SAH with hematoma resulting in cord compression at the level of T9. Diagnostic spinal angiography identified a ruptured aneurysm of a radiculomedullary artery. In conclusion, rupture of a spinal aneurysm should be considered a possible cause of SAH in appropriate clinical settings, and clinicians must be aware of the possibility of cord compression.