Vertebral Artery Dissection in Rheumatoid Arthritis with Cervical Spine Disease.
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A 59-year-old woman with long-standing active rheumatoid arthritis presented with posterior circulation ischemic stroke after vertebral dissection. She had severe multilevel degenerative changes of her cervical spine. She did not have classic stroke risk factors nor evidence of atherosclerotic disease or other systemic diseases. The most likely mechanism appears to be injury of the artery wall by an osteophyte, causing dissection that resulted in thrombosis and subsequent embolic strokes.Copyright © 2013 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.