Spontaneous common carotid artery dissection

Journal of Vascular Surgery
P W HumphreyD Silver


A case of a symptomatic spontaneous common carotid artery dissection that occurred several months after an ipsilateral carotid endarterectomy is presented. The case was successfully managed with resection of the dissected common carotid artery and placement of an interposition saphenous vein graft. Examination of the specimen demonstrated cystic medial degeneration. Postoperative duplex scans of the carotid artery and graft have been normal. The data obtained from this case and a review of the seven previously reported cases suggest that surgical management of symptomatic spontaneous common carotid artery dissections can be accomplished safely. Surgical management of these dissections is recommended for patients with symptoms and for those without symptoms who have aneurysmal changes in the dissected segment.


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