carotid dissection

  1. 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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  3. by   PJMommy
    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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