Spontaneous carotid and vertebral artery dissection

Introduction
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By Aneesh B Singhal MD

Spontaneous arterial dissection is also known as or subsumes Dissecting aneurysm. -ed.

Cerebral artery dissection is the most common cause of stroke in young adults. Recent studies provide insights into the pathophysiology, risk factors, management, and outcome of this condition. In this clinical summary, Dr. Aneesh Singhal, Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, provides a comprehensive review of carotid and vertebral artery dissections.

In This Article

Introduction
Historical note and nomenclature
Clinical manifestations
Clinical vignette
Etiology
Pathogenesis and pathophysiology
Epidemiology
Prevention
Differential diagnosis
Diagnostic workup
Prognosis and complications
Management
Pregnancy
References cited
Contributors