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Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society 2005;38(4): 312-315.
Persistent Hypoglossal Artery.
Jae Heung Ahn, Woo Jin Choe, Hyo Il Park, Chae Heuck Lee
1Department of Neurosurgery, Seoul Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. chleens@hotmail.com
2Department of Neurosurgery, Konkuk University Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
The persistent hypoglossal artery(PHA) is a rare anomaly that belongs to the group of embryonic carotid-basilar artery anastomoses that may occur in adults. The most commonly reported type of such an anastomosis is the primitive trigeminal artery, followed by the PHA. We report a 35-year old man, hospitalized because of an intraventricular hemorrhage, who was found to have a right persistent PHA. Three-dimensional computed tomography(CT) angiography provided excellent anatomical topology of the anomaly. To our knowledge, this patient is the first case of a PHA identified by this means in Korea.
Key Words: Hypoglossal artery; Cerebral angiography; Three dimensional computed tomography angiography
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