The ICAM-1 E469K gene polymorphism is a risk factor for spontaneous cervical artery dissection

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Abstract—In a primary study on proinflammatory genetic profiles in stroke, the authors found the E469K polymorphism of the intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1) highly represented in the subgroup with spontaneous cervical artery dissection (sCAD). They further investigated the same genetic variant in a second group of 65 patients with sCAD. An association between sCAD and EE genotype was confirmed (odds ratio 3.16; p < 0.01), indicating that a proinflammatory predisposition is a risk factor for sCAD.

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