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What are the symptoms of a carotid artery aneurysm?

What are the symptoms of a carotid artery aneurysm?

Mass or stroke: Most often present as pulsatile mass in the neck usually painless. They can embolize or thrombose, which is rare, causing stroke . In cases of large ones they can compress surrounding structures like cranial nerves , larynx ( causing hoarseness) or pharynx (causing trouble swallowing ). ...Read more

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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more


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I was wondering what are the signs for carotid artery aneurysm?

I was wondering what are the signs for carotid artery aneurysm?

Subtle: The physical signs include a pulsatile neck mass. Otherwise, the findings are generally what you would expect from carotid disease in general. Since this a specific question, it soynds like you see something now. Follow up with your doctor for an examination and probably a carotid ultrasound. ...Read more

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Can you see a carotid artery aneurysm on a neck ct scan with contrast?

Can you see a carotid artery aneurysm on a neck ct scan with contrast?

Yes : Yes, if the CT protocol is correct and you are talking about IV contrast and especially if you are talking about a CT angiogram (CTA). A carotid duplex ultrasound would also show it without radiation. ...Read more

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Noticed a pulsating lump in neck, feels like it is directly to the side of carotid artery. Aneurysm or not likely? Clean cervical MRI 6 months ago.

Noticed a pulsating lump in neck, feels like it is directly to the side of carotid artery.  Aneurysm or not likely? Clean cervical MRI 6 months ago.

Extremely unlikely : This lump may be due to a curve in the artery or just being closer to the skin. It may not even be the artery! an ultrasound of the carotid arteries will tell the story and is safe and painless. ...Read more

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I have pain on the right side at the base of my skull. I had an uruptured aneurysm coiled a year ago on my right carotid artery is this why?

I have pain on the right side at the base of my skull. I had an uruptured aneurysm coiled a year ago on my right carotid artery is this why?

Not likely: If you've had an angiogram 2 wks ago showing all was ok, doubtful the pain is from the aneurysm. They need to look for other causes, ie muscle strain or disc problem in neck, stress, etc. See your doctor and ask them what else could be causing these symptoms. Good luck! ...Read more

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Internal carotid artery dissection and exercise...My dissection has mostly healed (2mm aneurysm remains) over the last 20 months. What kind of exercise can I do and at what intensity?

Internal carotid artery dissection and exercise...My dissection has mostly healed (2mm aneurysm remains) over the last 20 months.  What kind of exercise can I do and at what intensity?

Ask UR cardiologist: Whoever is following you medically needs to be involved in this discussion, as their recommendations is what you'll need to follow closely. Give your doctor a call, and she what s/he says. You don't want to aggrevate the remaining 2 mm aneursym present. This is a great question, and glad you are exercising carefully! ...Read more

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If an embolus travels through the heart and up a carotid artery, can it cause an aneurysm?

If an embolus travels through the heart and up a carotid artery, can it cause an aneurysm?

No: It doesn't stop in the carotid (which is a large artery). It keeps right on moving until it comes to a vessel that's too small for passage and then it becomes lodged there and obstructs circulation. Since the carotids supply the brain, these emboli cause strokes. ...Read more

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As soon as an embolus travels through the heart and up a carotid artery can it cause an aneurysm?

As soon as an embolus travels through the heart and up a carotid artery can it cause an aneurysm?

Blockage: Usually an embolus from the heart to the carotids causes obstruction of blood flow either in the carotid artery or other blood vessels feeding the brain. An aneurysm can occur without blockage or embolus and is usually related to an abnormality in the wall of the blood vessel. ...Read more

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Will undergo an MRI of the aorta. Will the doc c all of the aorta from iliac to the carotid arteries? and will they c aneurysms of carotid arteris?

Maybe: Depends on the technique they employ. It is certainly entirely possible to accurately see the carotids if they include it in the field of view. ...Read more

Carotid Arteries (Definition)

The carotid arteries start in the chest and progress up the sides of the neck. About mid neck they split and one branch supplies blood to the face the, the other continues without branches into the skull and supplies ...Read more


Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Aneurysm (Definition)

An aneurysm is a condition where there is weakness in the wall of a blood vessel. A clot can form in the vessel as the vessel widens or expands. An artery with an aneurysm can ...Read more