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C6 Left Transverse Process Fracture with Left Vertebral Artery Dissection

SKU: C10005

This exhibit depicts a C6 left transverse process fracture and its effects on the left vertebral artery. Typically, the vertebral arteries run through the foramen in the transverse processes of the cervical vertebrae and into the skull to form the basilar artery, supplying blood to the various parts of the brain. A left transverse process fracture at C6 causes a flap-like tear of the left vertebral artery endothelium and interior muscular wall (dissection). Blood collects and thickens behind the torn artery wall, forming a thrombus that blocks blood flow. Anticoagulants and anti-platelet drugs are administered to relieve the thrombus, but the arterial tear continues to impede vertebral artery blood flow.

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