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<< Cervical Artery Dissection: Early Recognition and Stroke Prevention (Stroke CME, Trauma CME and Pharmacology CME)

Differential Diagnosis

The differential diagnosis depends on the presenting complaints and circumstances. Stroke is the leading diagnosis for the patient presenting with focal neurologic deficits, and dissection must be considered when atypical features are present, such as younger age, lack of traditional stroke risk factors, and the presence of pain. In addition, spinal cord injury should be a consideration in patients with neurological deficits that do not involve the cranial nerves. 

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