Blunt carotid artery injuries: difficulties with the diagnosis prior to neurologic event.

OBJECTIVE To evaluate the incidence, timing of diagnosis, clinical factors for adverse outcome, and role of anticoagulant, surgical therapy, or endovascular intervention for patients with blunt carotid artery injury (BCAI). METHODS Retrospective review of the records of patients who sustained BCAI between 1987 and 1997. RESULTS There were 18 men and 12… CONTINUE READING