Vertebral Artery Dissection in an Auto Accident

Vertebral Artery Dissection in an Auto Accident

Vertebral Artery Dissection in an Auto Accident

I’m Ed Smith, a car accident attorney in Sacramento. The central nervous system is a complex part of the body. Among the most important elements are the brain and spinal cord. Like other body parts, they require constant blood flow to function properly. When this flow is disrupted, it can lead to drastic consequences.

Injuries of the blood vessels have the potential to be devastating. Every organ in the body relies on steady blood supply. When this is disrupted, serious symptoms can result. Some statistics regarding bleeding and transfusion include:

  • When patients start bleeding, their hemoglobin will begin to drop. Most doctors will transfuse patients when their hemoglobin drops under seven.
  • According to the Healthy Watch Center, someone needs a pint of blood via transfusion every two seconds.
  • One out of every seven people entering a hospital needs blood.
  • Donating even one pint of blood can save multiple lives.
  • Over 40 thousand pints of blood are donated on a daily basis.

A recent case report was published detailing just how serious injuries of the blood vessels can be.

A Case Report: Vertebral Artery Dissection in an Auto Accident

The report described what happens when blood flow to the spine is disrupted. A middle-aged man was driving down the road when traffic conditions became dangerous. He lost control of his vehicle and was involved in an auto accident. His car flipped several times, and he sustained traumatic injuries. Emergency services were called to the scene, and he was evaluated. He had significant neck and back pain, trouble speaking, and felt pins and needles throughout his extremities. Due to the symptoms, he was taken to a near by hospital. Once there, he received a CT scan and an MRI. He was diagnosed with a vertebral artery dissection. This can happen with significant blunt force trauma, such as a car crash. One of the arteries that supply his brain and spinal cord had been partially torn, leading to his symptoms. He was taken to an operating room, and his injury was repaired. He was provided with blood thinning medication after his procedure. Over a period of several months, his symptoms eventually resolved.

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I’m Ed Smith, a car accident attorney in Sacramento. Injuries to the blood vessels can be severe. If you or a loved one has developed serious bleeding after a car accident, call me at (916) 921-6400 or  (800) 404-5400.  You can also contact me online. I will be happy to provide friendly, free legal advice.

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