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The clinical features of the headache and neck pain in 21 cases of spontaneous carotid dissection are described. Twenty of 21 patients had head pain or headache and of the 20, 12 had neck pain as well. One patient had neck pain only. Typically, the headache involved the ipsilateral forequarter of the head and neck pain was of local origin in the region of the upper few inches (10 cm.) of the internal carotid artery. Recognition of the headache as a prodromal manifestation may lead to prevention of a stroke through the use of anticoagulation.