Ascending transtentorial herniation

Ascending transtentorial herniation is a situation where space-occupying lesions in the posterior cranial fossa cause superior displacement of superior parts of the cerebellum through the tentorial notch. 

Clinical presentation

  • nausea and/or vomiting 
  • rapid progression toward a decreased level of consciousness and, eventually, death

Radiographic features

General imaging features include:

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Article information

rID: 22529
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Upward transtentorial herniation
  • Ascending trans-tentorial herniation
  • Upward trans-tentorial herniation

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Cases and figures

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  • Case 2: due to cerebellar infarct
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