Vertebrobasilar dolichoectasia induced hydrocephalus: the water-hammer effect

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Vaso Zisimopoulou *
Aikaterini Ntouniadaki
Panagiotis Aggelidakis
Anna Siatouni
Stylianos Gatzonis
Antonios Tavernarakis
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Vaso Zisimopoulou |


Vertebrobasilar dolichoectasia is a clinical entity associated rarely with obstructive hydrocephalus. We present a 48-year old male with a profound dilatation of the ventricular system due to a dolichoectatic basilar artery, as appeared in imaging studies. The patient suffered from longstanding hydrocephalus and presenile dementia. The underlying mechanism for obstructive hydrocephalus due to vertebrobasilar dolichoectasia is considered to be both a water-hammer effect and a direct compression of adjacent structures. We suggest prompt surgical intervention upon diagnosis as a first choice treatment in order to avoid further complications.

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