Cervical Artery Dissection: Identifying the Burgeoning Stroke

Objectives:

1. Attendees will better understand current concepts related to CADs.

2. Attendees will improve differential diagnostic assessment related to the CAD.

3. Attending doctors will be better prepared for questions related to CAD events.

Description: Cervical artery dissection is a rare event that has been associated with chiropractic care despite
highly powered research that refutes a causal relationship. Highly publicized cases pose an existential threat to
the Chiropractic profession. It has been estimated that up to 9 people per 100,000 are affected by spontaneous
cervical artery dissection. Those patients may present with symptoms of developing dissections to Chiropractic
offices. While incredibly difficult, the differential diagnosis of cervical artery dissection due to spontaneous
cause represents a public health concern. Dr. James Demetrious will provide a review of current research
related to Cervical Artery Dissection. He will discuss the epidemiology, the dissection event, pre-existing
acquired and heritable risk factors, supportive research, symptoms, and signs that may predict the developing
stroke.