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Carotid Artery Dissection as a Result of Penetrating Ear Trauma

  • Author(s): Peairs, Nicholas
  • Stillings, Joel
  • et al.
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Case Presentation: Here we present the case of a previously healthy 67-year-old female with carotid artery dissection as a result of penetrating ear trauma.

Discussion: Carotid artery dissection can result from unusual mechanisms of injury and present without typical symptoms or exam findings. If left untreated, devastating neurologic sequela can occur. Physicians must have a low threshold to obtain vascular imaging to appropriately manage such cases.

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