As medical education has become more layered, the overlap of patient management in different specialities has increased. Such an overlap can create a difference in opinion regarding treatment course. This issue is highlighted in The University of Alabama’s recent publication in The World Journal of Emergency Surgery titled “Management of Blunt Extracranial Traumatic Cerebrovascular Injury: A Multidisciplinary Survey of Current Practice”.
The preferred methods of treating traumatic cerebrovascular injury (TCVI) are varied. Each speciality seems to have its own preference when it comes to imaging type and intervention strategy.  TCVI does not currently have a clear line of treatment as it is complicated by the variety of cerebrovascular injuries and the presence of further injuries. Thus, TCVI tends to involve numerous specialists including, but not limited to, neurologists, trauma surgeons and interventional neuroradiologists, each with differing views on patient management. Here, the authors provide data on different approaches utilised and highlight the need for further high-quality research to resolve this issue.

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