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Carotid and vertebral artery dissections.

Authors
  • Stahmer, S A1
  • Raps, E C
  • Mines, D I
  • 1 Department of Emergency Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Aug 01, 1997
Volume
15
Issue
3
Pages
677–698
Identifiers
PMID: 9255140
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Dissections of the carotid and vertebral arteries are a common cause of stroke in young adults. The diagnosis may be missed because the typical signs and symptoms are often delayed in onset, or easily confused with other more commonly encountered entities. Dissections of the carotid and vertebral arteries may occur spontaneously or may accompany mild to severe trauma. They present with a variety of findings including headache, neck and face pain, Horner's syndrome, or stroke.

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