BMJ Case Reports 2017; doi:10.1136/bcr-2016-218184

Carotid artery dissection: a rare complication of Eagle syndrome

  1. Amit Dhamoon
  1. Department of Internal Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Amit Dhamoon, dhamoona{at}
  • Accepted 25 February 2017
  • Published 13 March 2017


Carotid artery dissection is a significant cause of ischaemic stroke in all age groups and accounts for a large percentage of strokes in young patients. Carotid dissection can be caused by trauma, underlying connective tissue disease, hypertension, mechanical injury or can be spontaneous. We present an exceedingly rare case of carotid dissection caused by an elongated styloid process, causing direct mechanical damage to the carotid artery.


  • Contributors RS, RD and SB wrote and edited the manuscript and collected the imaging studies. AD reviewed and edited the manuscript and figures.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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