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Is vertebral artery dissection curable?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: YES

This could happen spontaneous or traumatic.
Typically asymptomatic especially if affecting one side with normal connection between both vertebral arteries. Typically managed with anticoagulation like Coumadin (warfarin) or even with antiplatelet agents like Aspirin and most probably will heal. In rare situation they can be stented.

In brief: YES

This could happen spontaneous or traumatic.
Typically asymptomatic especially if affecting one side with normal connection between both vertebral arteries. Typically managed with anticoagulation like Coumadin (warfarin) or even with antiplatelet agents like Aspirin and most probably will heal. In rare situation they can be stented.
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Dr. Christopher White
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Treatable yes

Many times will heal on its own. May require a stent.

In brief: Treatable yes

Many times will heal on its own. May require a stent.
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