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A 27-year-old female asked:

could i have a vertebral artery dissection after a neck injury? i scoot back in bed onto my head & neck, i heard a crunch in my neck followed by severe pain. urgent care says neck spasm. injury was 5 days ago. how long before symptoms would present?

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Dr. Timothy Wu
Vascular Surgery 18 years experience
Possible: Vertebral artery dissections due to neck trauma can occur after relatively violent incidents, such as whiplash type injuries. Symptoms related to such a dissection can range from non-existent to a stroke, but this can also vary in time presentation from the initial injury. The only way of really diagnosing a vertebral artery dissection is with CT angiogram. Discuss with a vascular surgeon.

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Last updated May 2, 2018

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