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can newborns tear their carotid artery by turning their bodies one way and neck and head another direction really fast a few times?

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Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
No : Carotid artery injury in neonates is very rare but has been reported when associated with a traumatic delivery with excessive pulling on the head and neck or with forceps delivery. Injury in older children and adults is reported with blunt trauma to the neck, but not with normal movement. Fortunately, the carotid artery is quite durable and supported by the neck muscles and other soft tissue.

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Last updated May 5, 2019

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