Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Stroke. 2014 Jan;45(1):37-41. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.113.001654. Epub 2013 Dec 10.

Characteristics and outcomes of patients with multiple cervical artery dissection.

Author information

  • 1From the Department of Neurology, Dijon University Hospital, Dijon, France (Y.B., C.A.-E., M.G.); Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Inserm U744, Pasteur Institute, Lille, France (S.D., J.D.); Department of Neurology, EA1046, Lille University Hospital, Lille, France (S.D., D.L.); Department of Clinical and Experimental Sciences, Neurology Clinic, Brescia University Hospital, Brescia, Italy (A.P.); Department of Neurology, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Helsinki, Finland (T.T., T.M., A.M.); Department of Neurology, University Hospital of Basel, Basel, Switzerland (S.E., P.L.); Department of Neurology, University Hospital of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany (C.G.-G., M.K.); Department of Neurology, Sainte-Anne University Hospital, Paris, France (E.T.); Department of Neurology, San Raffaele University Hospital, Milan, Italy (M.S.); Stroke Unit, Perugia University Hospital, Italy (V.C.); and Laboratory of Experimental Neurology, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium (M.P., S.A.).



Little is known about factors contributing to multiple rather than single cervical artery dissections (CeAD) and their associated prognosis.


We compared the baseline characteristics and short-term outcome of patients with multiple to single CeAD included in the multicenter Cervical Artery Dissection and Ischemic Stroke Patients (CADISP) study.


Among the 983 patients with CeAD, 149 (15.2%) presented with multiple CeAD. Multiple CeADs were more often associated with cervical pain at admission (odds ratio [OR], 1.59; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.10-2.30), a remote history of head or neck surgery (OR, 1.87; 95% CI, 1.16-3.00), a recent infection (OR, 1.71; 95% CI, 1.12-2.61), and cervical manipulation (OR, 2.23; 95% CI, 1.26-3.95). On imaging, cervical fibromuscular dysplasia (OR, 3.97; 95% CI, 2.04-7.74) and the presence of a pseudoaneurysm (OR, 2.91; 95% CI, 1.86-4.57) were more often seen in patients with multiple CeAD. The presence of multiple rather than single CeAD had no effect on functional 3-month outcome (modified Rankin Scale score, ≥3; 12% in multiple CeAD versus 11.9% in single CeAD; OR, 1.20; 95% CI, 0.60-2.41).


In the largest published series of patients with CeAD, we highlighted significant differences between multiple and single artery involvement. Features suggestive of an underlying vasculopathy (fibromuscular dysplasia) and environmental triggers (recent infection, cervical manipulation, and a remote history of head or neck surgery) were preferentially associated with multiple CeAD.


outcome assessement; risk factors

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full text
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for HighWire
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk