Subarachnoid hemorrhage due to vertebral artery dissection after lung resection

Sumiko Maeda, Yoshinori Okada, Akira Sakurada, Tetsu Sado, Hisashi Oishi, Takashi Kondo

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A 52-year-old man with massive hemoptysis underwent a left upper lobectomy. He suddenly reported a severe headache and lost consciousness on postoperative day 4. Computed tomography of the brain demonstrated a subarachnoid hemorrhage due to right vertebral artery dissection. Fortunately, he recovered well with intensive neurosurgical treatment. Vertebral artery dissection sometimes develops following systemic vascular disease, infection, and even minor neck trauma such as hyperextension or torsion of the neck. We should be aware that vertebral artery dissection may cause postoperative stroke and subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551-553
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Lung resection
  • Postoperative complication
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Vertebral artery dissection


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