Spontaneous cervical and cerebral arterial dissections. Diagnosis and management.

Rudy J. Rahme, Salah G. Aoun, Jamal McClendon, Tarek Y. El Ahmadieh, Bernard R. Bendok

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Arterial dissections of head and neck arteries were first identified pathologically in the 1950s, but not until the 1970s and the 1980s did they begin to be widely recognized as a clinical entity. Carotid and vertebral artery dissections account for only 2% of all ischemic strokes, but they account for approximately 20% of thromboembolic strokes in patients younger than 45 years. The cause of supra-aortic dissections can be either spontaneous or traumatic. This article addresses spontaneous cervical and cerebral artery dissections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)661-671
Number of pages11
JournalNeuroimaging Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013


  • Balloon angioplasty
  • Cerebral artery dissection
  • Cervical artery dissection
  • Stent placement
  • Stroke
  • Transient ischemic attack

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology


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