Carotid artery dissection presenting with isolated headache and Horner syndrome after minor head injury

Samuel Thomas Creavin, Claire M Rice, Adrian Pollentine, Philip Cowburn

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Abstract

A woman aged 31 years presented to the emergency department after a minor head injury. She reported mild headache and a metallic taste in her mouth. Full neurologic examination was remarkable only for left-sided Horner syndrome. Left internal carotid artery dissection was confirmed on magnetic resonance imaging. She was treated with aspirin. Symptoms and signs persisted 3 months later, but there was no additional neurologic deficit. We stress the importance of early detection of Horner syndrome to minimize the risk of disabling stroke.
Translated title of the contributionCarotid artery dissection presenting with isolated headache and Horner’s syndrome following minor head injury
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2103.e5-7
JournalAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Volume30
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012

Keywords

  • Adult
  • Carotid Artery, Internal, Dissection
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Female
  • Head Injuries, Closed
  • Headache
  • Horner Syndrome
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Soccer

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