Extracranial Cervical Artery Dissections

Jennifer J. Robertson, Alex Koyfman

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Cervical artery dissections (CeAD) include both internal carotid and vertebral artery dissections. They are rare but important causes of stroke, especially in younger patients. CeAD should be considered in patients with strokelike symptoms, a new-onset headache and/or neck pain, and/or other risk factors. Early imaging with computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is key to making the diagnosis. Treatment may vary depending on the extent of the dissection, timing of the dissection, and other comorbidities. The overall prognosis is good, but does depend on the initial severity of symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEmergency Medicine Clinics of North America
StateAccepted/In press - 2017


  • Carotid
  • Cervical
  • Dissection
  • Stroke
  • Vertebral

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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