Kissing carotids simulating prevertebral haematoma

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Dixon


Fall. Exclude fracture.

Patient Data

Age: 85
Gender: Female

Cervical Spine CT

Modality: CT

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 

Case Discussion

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. 

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Case Information

rID: 31790
Case created: 28th Oct 2014
Last edited: 24th Nov 2015
Systems: Spine, Vascular
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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