Objective: In a cohort of patients diagnosed with cervical artery dissection (CeAD), to determine the proportion of patients aged >= 60 years and compare the frequency of characteristics (presenting symptoms, risk factors, and outcome) in patients aged = 60 years. Methods: We combined data from 3 large cohorts of consecutive patients diagnosed with CeAD (i. e., Cervical Artery Dissection and Ischemic Stroke Patients-Plus consortium). We dichotomized cases into 2 groups, age >= 60 and Results: Among 2,391 patients diagnosed with CeAD, we identified 177 patients (7.4%) aged >= 60 years. In this age group, cervical pain (ORadjusted 0.47 [0.33-0.66]), headache (ORadjusted 0.58 [0.42-0.79]), mechanical trigger events (ORadjusted 0.53 [0.36-0.77]), and migraine (ORadjusted 0.58 [0.39-0.85]) were less frequent than in younger patients. In turn, hypercholesterolemia (ORadjusted 1.52 [1.1-2.10]) and hypertension (ORadjusted 3.08 [2.25-4.22]) were more frequent in older patients. Key differences between age groups were confirmed in secondary analyses. In multivariable, adjusted analyses, favorable outcome (i. e., modified Rankin Scale score 0-2) was less frequent in the older age group (ORadjusted 0.45 [0.25, 0.83]). Conclusion: In our study population of patients diagnosed with CeAD, 1 in 14 was aged >= 60 years. In these patients, pain and mechanical triggers might be missing, rendering the diagnosis more challenging and increasing the risk ofmissed CeAD diagnosis in older patients
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