Salted pretzel sign (CT head)

The salted pretzel sign is an uncommon sign of the presence of numerous small (<3 mm) calcific foci in the distal branches of a cerebral artery on non-contrast CT head that represent a shower of calcified cerebral emboli 1. Cerebral calcified emboli may be the initial manifestation of significant vascular or cardiac disease 2 and prompts cardiovascular workup. 

Stroke and intracranial haemorrhage

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rID: 72367
Section: Signs
Tag: cases, cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Salted pretzel sign

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