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Vasc Spec Int. 2016 Mar;32(1):1-5. English. Review.
Galyfos G , Filis K , Sigala F , Sianou A .
Vascular Division, First Propedeutic Department of Surgery, Hippocration Hospital, Athens, Greece.
Department of Microbiology, Areteion University Hospital, Athens, Greece.

According to literature data, there are no distinct guidelines regarding the proper diagnostic and therapeutic management of traumatic carotid artery dissection (TCAD). Although most of cases evaluated in research studies refer to spontaneous carotid artery dissection, traumatic cases demand special considerations as far as diagnosis and treatment are concerned. Although both types of dissection share some common characteristics, a patient with TCAD usually presents with several concomitant injuries as well as a higher bleeding risk, thus complicating decision making in such patients. Therefore, aim of this review is to present available data regarding epidemiology, clinical presentation, diagnostics and treatment strategy in cases with TCAD in order to produce useful conclusions for everyday clinical practice.

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