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Spontaneous carotid artery dissection presenting as migraine--a diagnosis not to be missed.
  1. Z Mirza,
  2. P Hayward,
  3. D Hulbert
  1. Department of Accident and Emergency Medicine, West Middlesex University Hospital, Isleworth, UK.


    Two cases are reported in which the diagnosis of a serious condition was delayed as the symptoms had been attributed to migraine. Spontaneous carotid artery dissection is a serious but treatable cause of headache that may be misdiagnosed as recent onset migraine. The importance of correctly identifying this condition is emphasised.

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