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Can carotid artery stenosis cause sciatica?

10 doctors weighed in across 4 answers
Dr. Kevin Teal answered

Specializes in 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 4/23/2016


Dr. Michael Rimlawi answered

Specializes in 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 4/24/2016


Dr. Joseph Gemmete answered

Specializes in

No: Sciatic is a peripheral neuropathy caused by compression on sciatic nerve. Carotid stenosis causes a TIA or stroke.

Answered 11/25/2014


Dr. Qamar Khan answered

Specializes in Pain Management

No: It can't cause sciatica.

Answered 7/13/2014



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