Hemifacial spasm caused by an aberrant jugular branch of the ascending pharyngeal artery

Krystin L. Thomas, Marion A. Hughes, Andrew M. Frederickson, Barton F. Branstetter, Joel Vilensky, Raymond F. Sekula

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We present the first report of a case of hemifacial spasm caused by an anomalous, enlarged branch of the ascending pharyngeal artery and treated with microvascular decompression. Clinicians must appreciate unusual causes of hemifacial spasm so that patients are not denied a curative operation due to atypical radiographic findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-99
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Neurosurgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2015



  • Anomalous posterior inferior cerebellar artery
  • Ascending pharyngeal artery
  • Hemifacial spasm
  • Microvascular decompression
  • Neurovascular compression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery

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