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Dissection of the Internal Carotid Artery in the Neck

Louis R. Caplan

in Stroke

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Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199739141
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322978 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199739141.003.005

Series: What Do I Do Now

Dissection of the Internal Carotid Artery in the Neck

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Dissections usually involve the pharyngeal portion of the artery and often present with headache and local pain. Dissections through the intima-media portion of the artery frequently cause brain ischemia and infarction. Dissections through the media-adventitia often cause aneurysmal dilatation and are accompanied by Horner’s syndrome, pulsatile tinnitus, and sometimes involvement of the lower cranial nerves as they exit from the skull.

Chapter.  1537 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neurology

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