Next Stroke Webinar: Cervical Artery Dissection

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Cervical Artery Dissection
Stéphanie Debette, MD, PhD, Presenter
March 19, 2014, at 8:00 AM EDT | 5:00 AM PDT | 12:00 PM GMT
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Conference ID: 27603076
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Carotid and vertebral artery dissections are common causes of ischemic stroke in younger patients. They may be caused by local trauma but in many cases an etiology cannot be established. MRI studies can clearly delineate the presence of a dissection. Treatment to prevent recurrent stroke is empirical, either with antiplatelet or anticoagulant therapy.
  1. Carotid and vertebral artery dissections are major causes of ischemic stroke in young and middle-aged adults, despite being relatively uncommon at the general population level. The underlying mechanisms are poorly understood, but predisposing arterial wall weakness is suspected to play a role.
  2. Risk factors and phenotypic correlations of carotid and vertebral artery dissections with other non-atherosclerotic vasculopathies will be discussed.
  3. Seldom, carotid and vertebral artery dissections can occur as a complication of rare monogenic connective tissue disorders, but in the vast majority of cases, genetic risk factors may play a role as part of a multifactorial predisposition; current state of knowledge and research strategies will be discussed.
  4. Clinical manifestations and radiological characteristics, frequency of dissection and stroke recurrences, mortality rates and functional outcome will be described in detail.
  5. In the absence of randomized trials, therapeutic choices in carotid and vertebral artery dissections are based on empirical arguments; available acute phase treatments and long-term prevention strategies will be outlined.
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Posted by Stacey Sims on Mar 14, 2014 4:25 PM America/Chicago