A 33-year-old member asked:
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could you tell me what happens when a carotid artery gets nicked?

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Dr. Timothy Wu
17 years experience Vascular Surgery
"Nicked": "nicked" is a word some physicians use to describe an unintentional injury caused in the process of providing medical care by a trained person. Depending on the extent of the injury to the carotid artery, the consequences can range from nothing to causing a stroke. This would be really unfortunate, but these things can and do happen with some regularity.
Answered on Apr 27, 2013

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