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Unilateral upper cervical posterior spinal artery syndrome following sneezing.
  1. N J Gutowski,
  2. R P Murphy,
  3. D J Beale
  1. Neurology Department, North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary, Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent, UK.


    A 35 year old man experienced severe transitory neck pain following a violent sneeze. This was followed by neurological symptoms and signs indicating a left sided upper cervical cord lesion. MRI showed an infarct at this site in the territory of the left posterior spinal artery. This discrete infarct was probably due to partial left vertebral artery dissection secondary to sneezing.

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