Kissing carotids simulating prevertebral haematoma
Fall. Exclude fracture.
Cervical Spine CT
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The common and internal carotid arteries ascend more medially than is usual and almost meet in the midline (kissing carotids). This causes apparent thickening of the prevertebral soft-tissues which could be misinterpreted by some readers as haematoma
Kissing carotids causing apparent thickening of the pre-vertebral soft-tissues which could be easily misinterpreted as prevertebral haematoma. No acute traumatic injury was identified.