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What are the most common symptoms of vertebral artery dissection?

What are the most common symptoms of vertebral artery dissection?

Vertebral artery sx: The typical presentation of vertebral artery dissection is a young person with severe occipital headache and posterior neck pain following a recent, relatively minor, head or neck injury. Other symptoms: facial pain and numbness, speech difficulty, hoarseness, loss of pain and temperature sensation in the trunk and limbs, loss of taste, hiccups, vertigo, nausea, double vision, or problem swallowi. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more


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With vertebral artery dissection, are neurological symptoms always contralateral, or can they happen on the same side as the dissection?

With vertebral artery dissection, are neurological symptoms always contralateral, or can they happen on the same side as the dissection?

Vertebral artery: ...Dissection is a rare condition / trauma. Often there are just intimal tears (or disruptions on the inside layer of the vessel) and only seldomly is there a true dissection. Symptoms can vary greatly b/w patients, but contra-lateral symptoms are not common. It has to do with the bloodvessel ring at the base of the brain that typically connects the left-and-right sides together. U have more info? ...Read more

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I need to know what is vertebral artery dissection?

I need to know what is vertebral artery dissection?

Separation of vessel: Vertebral artery dissection is separation or splitting of the layers of the blood vessel wall. This is often related to trauma, and may result in posterior neck pain and vessel clotting or narrowing. You should se a vascular surgeon for consultation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: vertebral artery dissection?

A tear in the vessel: Arteries are made up of several layers much like an onion. Occaisionally a small tear in the most inner layer can occur. The blood flows through the artery under high pressure. This jet of blood can separate the layers causing the vessel to obstruct (close off). In the vertebral artery this could cause a stroke. ...Read more

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Is vertebral artery dissection curable?

Is vertebral artery dissection curable?

Generally not: The 2 vertebral arteries arise from the left and right subclavian arteries and supply the brainstem and cerebellum. Dissection is rare (2.5/100, 000), affect women to men 3:1 and can cause stroke in people head trauma, yoga, painting a ceiling. 50% have hbp. Treatment is supportive. Blood thinners are used if bleeding is ruled out. Surgery is not usually an option. ...Read more

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What specialist treat a vertebral artery dissection?

What specialist treat a vertebral artery dissection?

Neuro/Vascular: This kind of catastrophy may need to be handled with neurosurgery and vascular surgery together -- due to their close proximity to the brain and time is paramount. ...Read more

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Do people with vertebral artery dissection have a lot of pain?

Do people with vertebral artery dissection have a lot of pain?

Symptoms: Vertebral artery dissection (VAD) can cause localized pain (often described as being sharp, aching or pulsing pain) in the head, neck and face. It is estimated that between half to one third of patients with a VAD experience this type of pain. Though VAD can be diagnosed on the basis of pain alone, it is usually followed by neurological symptoms such as numbness or vertigo within hours or days. ...Read more

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Could you get vertebral artery dissection from neck cracking?

Could you get vertebral artery dissection from neck cracking?

Neck cracking: The exact causes of dissection are poorly understood however traumatic events associated with sudden dramatic neck movement have at times been seen with dissection ...Read more

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Is it possible to get vertebral artery dissection from neck cracking?

Possibly: Any jerking motion of the neck can lead to carotid artery or vertebral artery dissection. I've seen them with car accidents and a rare couple of cases with chiropractic manipulation. I can't imagine that slow turning of the neck would lead to vertebral dissection though. ...Read more

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Can vertebral artery dissection cause slight bleed out or form hemotoma on exterior rather then within artery wall - if so, what could that cause?

Can vertebral artery dissection cause slight bleed out or form hemotoma on exterior rather then within artery wall - if so, what could that cause?

Yes, not as above: Vertebral artery dissections can cause bleeding usually from the dissection/rupture of a saccular aneurysm. These aneurysms are more common intracranially than in the extracranial location. The aneurysms are typically located at branch points of the major vessel. Treatment of the aneurysm is typically endovascular, with the placement of coils to occlude the aneurysm. ...Read more

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Good day, I constantly crack my neck due to kyphosis, and hyper-extend it a lot, could I get vertebral artery dissection from this or chiroprators?

Good day, I constantly crack my neck due to kyphosis, and hyper-extend it a lot, could I get vertebral artery dissection from this or chiroprators?

VAD by chiropractor: Vertebral artery dissection very rare, but a potential complication due to neck chiropractic manipulation. There are many scientific papers on this subject. Here is example "the effectiveness of cervical manipulation, the best current evidence suggests that the small risk of dissection and stroke outweighs the benefit."
Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Could I have vertebral artery dissection? I have pulsating ears jaws cheeks bridge of nose between eyes, head rush w/ bend over whooshing in ears

Could I have vertebral artery dissection? I have pulsating ears jaws cheeks bridge of nose between eyes, head rush w/ bend over whooshing in ears

Unlikely: Most people with dissection of their vertebral have no symptoms because they receive circulation from their 2 carotids and other vertebral - all of which is connected in the circle of willis. Nonetheless, you should be checked for other issues like aneurysms, very severe hypertension, or simple things like a plugged eustachian tube and otitis media. ...Read more

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Numb on neck &ear&one side of face, dizziness nausea, motion sicknes. Had brain MRI all clear. Read abt Vertebral Artery Dissection. Now really anxious.

Numb on neck &ear&one side of face, dizziness nausea, motion sicknes. Had brain MRI all clear. Read abt Vertebral Artery Dissection. Now really anxious.

Dissection is a --: -sudden onset, in Ur age group usually following significant trauma 2 the neck, as in MVA high speed. It is severely painful. U need 2 C a neurologist 4 eval. 2 find the cause. 1 of the facial nerve branches may B the cause. As this sounds like a Bells palsy. It usually is also painful& there is a muscle weakness involved. Effects Ur ability 2 smile on symptomatic side.
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What's the best treatment for a vertebral artery dissection?

Conservative: Typically with anticoagulation/coumadin or antiplatelets for 3-6 months. Rarely with require stent placement. ...Read more

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Would vertebral artery dissection cause very localised specific pain in back of neck worse with movement plus awful headache? Pain meds not helping.

Would vertebral artery dissection cause very localised specific pain in back of neck worse with movement plus awful headache? Pain meds not helping.

Potentially.: A dissection of the vertebral artery can cause a variety of symptoms, including localized pain at the site and even neurological symptoms of a stroke. Do not hesitate to be urgently seen if you think you have this going on. ...Read more

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How common is a carotid artery dissection?

Uncommon: A dissection is a separation of the inner layer of an artery from the outer layer. The risk aside from direct obstruction is that the internal blood pressure can enter this new pocket and rapidly tear open more of the lining, shutting down the artery or even causing a leak - both of these events are deadly. Any major arteries can be affected; the carotid is less common than the aorta. ...Read more

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If stroke like symptoms were caused by cervical artery dissection, would this show up in MRV and MRI of brain. Or only a scan of neck?

If stroke like symptoms were caused by cervical artery dissection, would this show up in MRV and MRI of brain. Or only a scan of neck?

Depends on timing: A CT or MRI can detect changes of edema (fluid) due to cell death within the brain. Often by the time these changes are seen, it is late in the process. Also this would tell us the arterial territory involved, but not that it is a result of dissection. Emboli or thrombus of an artery are more common causes of stroke. A carotid dissection is less common, though more common in vertebral artery. ...Read more

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Could stretching your neck cause verterbral artery dissection or is it just brutal cracking?

Could stretching your neck cause verterbral artery dissection or is it just brutal cracking?

Hmmm: Trauma or neck manipulation can rarely cause vertebral artery dissection. Cracking is more likely related to the bone in the cervical spine. ...Read more

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Can carotid artery dissection be cured?

Yes: The vast majority of carotid dissections will heal in their own. The dissection should be followed with ultrasound to monitor the vessel for development of pseudo aneurysm formation. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a carotid artery dissection.?

Describe the features of a carotid artery dissection.?

Arterial tear: An uncommon cause of stroke, but among younger patients, it is one of the most common. Sometimes spontaneously, sometimes after an activity that involves sudden torsion to the neck, a tear may form along the three layers that constitute the arterial wall. This tear causes turbulent blood flow and predisposes to clot formation. These clots can then cause a stroke by blocking important arteries. ...Read more

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If you get carotid artery dissection, how do you feel?

If you get carotid artery dissection, how do you feel?

Stroke/horner/pain: This depend on the cause either sponataneuos or traumatic. Spontaneous can present sometimes with neck pain and headache, horner syndrome (ptosis, miosis, anhidrosis), stroke or minor strokes or tia. Traumatic usually asymptomatic except for pain at injury site but can present with stroke or tia. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: carotid artery dissection?

Tear or disruption: Tear or disruption between the three layers of the artery wall which start at one location and can extend, enlarge, forms clots with embolization or thrombose and occlude the artery, in rare cases it can rupture but not typically in the carotids. The major problem in carotid dissection is stoke. ...Read more

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My brother has carotid artery dissection. Is that something important?

Yes: This is typically a self limited event that is triggered by hypertension or an injury to the neck. He should be followed by a vascular surgeon that will be able to guide him through the treatment options. He will likely only need ultrasound follow up for this along with blood pressure control. ...Read more

Vertebral Artery (Definition)

A vertebral artery is a small artery that comes of of the aorta (the biggest vessel in the body that takes oxygenated blood away form the heart to deliver to the rest of the body) to give blood to the vertebrae. There are two arteries, one right and one left until the aorta splits. Since the aorta runs right next to the vertebral column, ...Read more


Dr. James Krick
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Vertebral Artery Dissection (Definition)

Arteries are made up of several layers much like an onion. Occaisionally a small tear in the most inner layer can occur. The blood flows through the artery under high pressure. This jet of blood can separate the layers causing the vessel to obstruct (close off). In the vertebral artery this ...Read more