TITLE

Identification of internal carotid artery dissection in chiropractic practice

AUTHOR(S)
Haneline, Michael T.; Lewkovich, Gary
PUB. DATE
September 2004
SOURCE
Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association;Sep2004, Vol. 48 Issue 3, p206
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Internal carotid artery dissection (ICAD) is a condition involving separation of the artery's intimal lining from its medial division, with subsequent extension of the dissection along varying distances of the artery, usually in the direction of blood flow. ICAD may produce cerebral ischemia due to occlusion of the involved artery. This occlusion may occur at or near the site of the dissection, or "downstream" as a result of embolization from a dislodged thrombus fragment The problem any chiropractic physician faces in identifying ICAD patients is that the condition may present without any symptoms or the symptoms may appear benign (e.g., headache, neckpain or cervicogenic dizziness). Consequently, it may be impossible to identify some ICAD patients, especially in the early stages of the pathology. As the ICAD progresses and neural blood flow is compromised, the symptom picture typically manifests more completely. The chiropractic physician must be alert to characteristic findings of a progressing ICAD, since an immediate referral to a medical specialist may be required.
ACCESSION #
14693135

 

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