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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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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


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

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

Same as any artery: A dissection means the blood flow doen not all flo thru the center of the artery, but leaks between the the intimal layers and splits them, gradually becomming large enough that it impedes or stops the reg flow thru the artery. Can lead 2 occlusion or rupture. ...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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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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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 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

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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

Dr. Adam Lewis
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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


Dr. Louis Gallia
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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