Sudden (acute) hypertension (raised blood pressure) can cause small blood vessels to develop areas of alternating constriction and dilatation making the blood vessels look like sausages on a string – sausage-string appearance. Why this sausaging happens is unclear.
Nonetheless, hypertension has serious complications such as stroke, heart and kidney disease.
Most individuals with hypertension feel well despite ongoing organ damage.
In the absence of an identifiable cause, treatment for hypertension includes weight loss, exercise, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, medication and so forth.
Jacobsen JC, Beierholm U, Mikkelsen R, Gustafsson F, Alstrøm P, Holstein-Rathlou NH. "Sausage-string" appearance of arteries and arterioles can be caused by an instability of the blood vessel wall. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol, 2002 283(5):R1118-30.
Sausages, complications of hypertension