carotid artery dissection

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carotid artery dissection

Longitudinal tearing of the carotid artery, a rare cause of stroke, occurring esp. in patients who have suffered trauma or twisting of the head and neck.

Symptoms

Patients may report the sudden onset of unilateral neck pain that radiates toward the head, along with new neurological deficits.

See also: dissection