We describe five patients with blunt traumatic carotid dissection with delayed clinical presentation that varied from 2 weeks to 6 months. Four patients had severe head injury, and one patient had direct blunt trauma to the neck. Cerebrovascular symptoms developed in four patients. The fifth patient suffered loss of vision as a result of a concurrent giant intracranial dissecting aneurysm. Arteriography demonstrated a “string sign” in two cases and a cervical carotid aneurysm in three; two of the hitter also had siphon occlusion, and one of these had a superimposed supraclinoid dissecting aneurysm. One patient was treated by thromboendarter-ectomy, one by aneurysmorraphy, another by carotid ligation, and the other two patients were treated medically. Mechanisms of injury, forensic problems, and therapeutic options are discussed.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 1989|
- Carotid artery diseases
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Clinical Neurology
- Advanced and Specialised Nursing