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by limabean limabean (New Member) New Member

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Why would you treat a carotid dissection with Heparin? Also, what is the probability of death with a carotid dissection? Thanks for any help.

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Heparin will inhibit thrombogenesis since one of the problems with dissection is an embolus traveling to the brain and causing a stroke.

From emedicine.com:

"Intracranial internal carotid artery dissection is associated with a 75% mortality rate."

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