A 21-year-old member asked:
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can carotid artery stenosis cause sciatica?

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Dr. Kevin Teal
29 years experience Neurosurgery
No: There are arterial conditions in your legs that can cause leg pain similar to sciatica in some cases. Your carotid artery in your neck is too far removed from your legs to affect them in this way. Vascular disease in your carotid artery however may suggest vascular problems elsewhere such as your legs. You can be assessed by lumbar MRI and vascular assessment of your legs to assess leg pain.
Answered on Apr 23, 2016
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Dr. Michael Rimlawi
22 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
P.A.D: Vascular disease causes hardening of the arteries which can turn cause leg pain and mimick nerve impingement or radiculopathy down the legs. If you have not, please contact your cardiologist to check for peripheral arterial disease (pad). If you do not have one, contact your family or internal medicine doctor.
Answered on Apr 24, 2016
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Dr. Joseph Gemmete
27 years experience Interventional Radiology
No: Sciatic is a peripheral neuropathy caused by compression on sciatic nerve. Carotid stenosis causes a TIA or stroke.
Answered on Nov 25, 2014
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Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Different anatomy
Apr 21, 2013
Dr. Qamar Khan
16 years experience Pain Management
No: It can't cause sciatica.
Answered on Jul 13, 2014

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