Kissing carotids simulating prevertebral hematoma
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Dixon A, Kissing carotids simulating prevertebral hematoma. Case study, Radiopaedia.org (Accessed on 04 Jun 2023) https://doi.org/10.53347/rID-31790
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28 Oct 2014
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Fall. Exclude fracture.
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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 hematoma
Kissing carotids causing apparent thickening of the pre-vertebral soft-tissues which could be easily misinterpreted as prevertebral hematoma. No acute traumatic injury was identified.