Acute ECG changes and chest pain induced by neck motion in patients with cervical hernia - A case report

Guler N., Bilge M., Eryonucu B., Cirak B.

ANGIOLOGY, vol.51, no.10, pp.861-865, 2000 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 51 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/000331970005101009
  • Title of Journal : ANGIOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.861-865


We report two cases of acute cervical angina and ECG changes induced by anteflexion of the head. Cervical angina is defined as chest pain that resembles true cardiac angina but originates from cervical discopathy with nerve root compression. In these patients, Prinzmetal's angina, valvular heart disease, congenital heart disease, left ventricular aneurysm, and cardiomyopathy were excluded. After all, the patient's chest pain was reproduced by anteflexion of head, at this time, their ECGs showed nonspecific ST-T changes in the inferior and anterior leads different from the basal EGG. ECG changes returned to normal when the patient's neck moved to the neutral position. To our knowledge, these are the first cases of cervical angina associated with acute ECG changes by neck motion.