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NASSER, Michel et al. Internal carotid artery dissection in a patient with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type IV: diagnosis and management. J. vasc. bras. [online]. 2013, vol.12, n.2, pp.174-179. ISSN 1677-5449.

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) type IV, also known as vascular EDS, is an inherited connective tissue disorder with an estimated prevalence of 1/100,000 to 1/250,000. In EDS type IV, vascular complications may affect all anatomical areas, with a preference for large- and medium-sized arteries. Dissections of the vertebral and carotid arteries in their extra- and intra-cranial segments are typical. The authors report the case of a patient with EDS type IV for whom the diagnosis was established based on clinical signs and who developed internal carotid artery dissection at the age of 44 years. In the absence of a specific treatment for EDS type IV, medical interventions should focus on symptomatic relief, prophylactic measures, and genetic counseling. Invasive imaging techniques are contraindicated, and a conservative approach to vascular complications is usually recommended.

Palavras-chave : carotid artery; internal; dissection; Ehlers-Danlos syndrome; diagnosis; disease management.

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