FAQ - Vertebral Artery Dissection
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What is Vertebral Artery Dissection?

my stepmother was diagnosed with this and I didn't really understand it, and would like to know more.

An arterial dissection is basically a tearing of an inner layer of the wall of an artery. This torn inner layer forms a “flap”. Blood flows underneath this flap in the artery and because of this, the artery becomes smaller and sometimes is even closed off entirely. Blood flow to the brain can be compromised and can cause a stroke. It requires treatment with blood thinners.  (+ info)

What are the long term effects of a carotid artery dissection that caused my brother's stroke?

At 52, my otherwise very healthy brother suffered a minor stroke due to the dissection. He is taking blood thinners, and no surgery is planned at this time to repair the tear in the artery. His major concern is making sure he does everything he can NOW - so down the road he won't learn what he should have done THEN. He has scheduled a second opinion, and working on a third. Please share anything you know about this condition. Thanks so much! Marcy

I'm sorry to hear this about your brother. If he didn't have the dissection because of trauma, then it was the result of a preexisting condition. In that case, he must attempt to correct the condition and avoid exacerbation. He is fortunate in that his CVA was minor so his chances of a full or near full recovery are very good.

The effects of a carotid dissection vary in severity from transient neurologic deficits to permanent deficits and sometimes includes death, especially depending on the extent of the dissection. There are other kinds of artery dissections and intracranial internal carotid artery dissection is associated with a 75% mortality rate.

I can't tell what from you've said which carotid artery was involved but it sounds like your brother is doing well. He may have no, or relatively few, long-term effects. He will no doubt get more information at his 2nd & 3rd opinion consults. Remind him to bring with him or fax/send ahead copies of all labs and reports, including ER, operative & imaging reports that are relevant to the dissection.  (+ info)

Is there an online community for patients with carotid artery dissection?

My mother has a dissection of both her carotid arteries and her doctors keep telling her how rare it is. I know there has to be more patients out there and I was wondering if there was an e-mail list or an online website group for people with this condition.

I had the same condition 2 years ago (both carotid arteries were dissected and about 90-95% closed). And I also heard that it is extremely rare.
I did not have any invasive procedure but was on blood thinners for about a year. After that, the arteries appeared to be completely healed and opened.
I hope that your mother will recover soon as well.
I don’t know if there is a web group, but you may contact me if you have any additional questions.
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Anyone that has had a stent in either carotid or vertebral artery?

My symtoms are dizzy, vertigo, auditory distortions, balance issues, confusion. Wow sounds bad. Anyway I am having a vertebral stent put in. My question is, if successful how soon should some and I hope all symptoms go away? Realizing the carotid blockage presents differently but think same result for another set of problems. Guessing restoring proper amounts of blood flow to the brain is the cure.

They should resolve very quickly after the stenting.

best of luck.  (+ info)

Can anyone tell me how young was the youngest reported person with Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection?

"It typically occurs in young women receiving oral contraceptive therapy or during the peripartum period"
http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/121678455/abstract?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0  (+ info)

Do you know anyone diagnosed with Coronary Artery Dissection?

My wife was just diagnosed with Coronary Artery Dissection and her Doctor told us that it is very rare and that she could die from it anytime. There is not much information availabe.

Please see Google search on Coronary artery dissection.  (+ info)

MRI reports congenital hypoplasia, stenosis or occlusion of the right vertebral artery. Anyone know?

It means your right vertebral artery is smaller than it should be. The radiologist is suggesting possibilities for this which include an artery that never developed properly from birth, narrowing from something (frequently atherosclerosis) or blockage by something.

From what I recall from my neurology rotations, it is not uncommon for a person to have one vertebral artery that is narrower than the other. This may very well be an incidental finding that would have otherwise never been detected or problematic without this MRI. If your doctor is concerned about it, he or she will let you know. You should ask your doctor if you continue to be concerned.  (+ info)

I was on Yaz 2 months and a month later had a spontaneous dissection of my carotid artery. Any connection?

No known connection. Oral birth control does have a link with hypercoagulation, though forming clots does not have a known association with a dissection. Risk factors include arteriosclerosis and hypertension. Additionally other predisposing factors include:

Bicuspid aortic valve
Coarctation (narrowing) of the aorta
Connective tissue disorders
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
Heart surgery or procedures
Marfan syndrome
Pseudoxanthoma elasticum
Vascular inflammation due to conditions such as arteritis and syphilis

Aortic dissection occurs in approximately 2 out of every 10,000 people. It can affect anyone, but is most often seen in men aged 40 to 70.

I hope this is helpful. Good luck.
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What is Artery Dissection - Abdominal?

Hi, My mother-in-law has had pain in her abdominal area and went to have a cat scan done. The Dr told her she has Artery Dissection and it was serious. Any ideas what this could be and how serious it is? I believe my wife did talk to the Dr about it in more detail but I didn't get a clear answer from her.

Thank you to anyone who can answer this.


A dissection of the abdominal aorta is where the artery basically has a tear in it. The bigger the tear, the less chance they will live.

Blood, therefore, leaks out of the abdominal aorta. This can be very dangerous.

Your mother-in-law will likely need surgery ASAP by a vascular surgeon. Some people have small tears and are successfully repaired. Some people's aorta tears suddenly and most people die within minutes. If she was alive to have a scheduled CT scan, she likely has a smaller tear.

Talk to her and find out what the doctor wants to do.

NOTE: Do NOT read the below web pages, they have NOTHING to do with an abdominal aorta dissection.

Here is a web page: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/MEDLINEPLUS/ency/article/000181.htm  (+ info)

Does anyone have this? I was diagnosed with a small right vertebral cerebellar artery (in my brain) that?

is'nt working, does anyone out there have this and if so, what are the complications from it, how do you get it and what are the symptoms of having it, is this treatable or do they just leave it alone? Thanks!!

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