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Cerebrovascular disorders associated with agenesis of the internal carotid artery: Findings on digital subtraction angiography.


Xu X, Shen H, Ma H, Zhang X, Zhang L, Li Q, Zhao R, Dai D, Li Z, Yang P, Liu J
Front Surg. 2022; 9:953697.
PMID: 36420405.


Agenesis of the internal carotid artery (ICA) is a rare vascular condition that is complicated by intracranial aneurysms and rete mirabile. The altered hemodynamics caused by this distinctive cerebrovascular angioarchitecture can cause ischemic or hemorrhagic accidents. Data on clinical and radiographic features have been limited to describing this vascular pattern. We present five cases of agenesis of the internal carotid artery confirmed by digital subtraction angiography (DSA) and further investigate the influence of altered angioarchitecture on the integrity of intracranial morphology.