Lower cranial nerve palsies due to internal carotid dissection.
A 41-year-old man experienced intense headache and neck pain, bruits, and a complete unilateral cranial nerve palsy IX-XII (Collet-Sicard syndrome) after a trivial back trauma. Magnetic resonance imaging and angiography demonstrated features of bilateral internal carotid artery dissection with aneurysm formation at the base of the skull compressing the nerves at the level of the jugular foramen. Severe dysphagia persisted for 1 month but rapidly improved after occlusion of the carotid aneurysm with a detachable balloon.
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