A patient with traumatic quadriplegia had arteriographic evidence of bilateral vertebral artery occlusions. The mechanism for such trauma is explained on the basis of the anatomic relation of the arteries to the cervical vertebrae. Unaccountable death in high spinal cord injuries may be related to this phenomenon.
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