Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Sensitive Carotid Sinus Anatomy

To better understand carotid sinus hypersensitivity, it helps to understand the anatomy of the neck.

The carotid sinus is a dilated portion of the carotid artery in the neck. It is located at the point where the common carotid artery splits into the external and internal carotid arteries.

Last Updated: Nov 3, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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