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Common carotid artery dissection: A rare cause of acute neck swelling

March 2, 2015  |  Muhammad Adil Abbas Khan, MBBS, MRCS, DOHNS, FCPS(Plast); Alasdair Moffat, MBBS; Waseem Ahmed, MBBS, MRCS, DOHNS; Julian Wong, MBBS, FRCS(Vasc); Changez Jadun, MBBS, FRCR


Spontaneous carotid artery dissection is a rare condition with potentially devastating consequences. Internal carotid artery and vertebral artery dissections have been implicated as the cause of 20% of strokes occurring in patients younger than 45 years. We describe a very rare...

Case report: Inadvertent carotid artery injury during myringotomy as a result of carotid artery dehiscence

July 22, 2013  |  Christopher Schutt, MD; Sharmila Dissanaike, MD; John Marchbanks, MD


We report the case of a 3-year-old girl whose internal carotid artery was pierced during a myringotomy. Postoperative computed tomography demonstrated that the complication was caused by a dehiscent carotid canal wall; contralateral dehiscence was also present. The patient had...

Management of head and neck paragangliomas: A series of 9 cases and review of the literature

August 10, 2012  |  Domenico Destito, MD; Sebastiano Bucolo, MD; Alessandra Florio, MD; Carmelo Quattrocchi, MD


We conducted a retrospective study of the long-term functional results of surgery for head and neck paragangliomas. Our study population was made up of 9 patients—4 men and 5 women, aged 22 to 59 years (mean: 46.6; median: 51)—who had undergone surgical...

Carotid pseudoaneurysm of the neck

November 22, 2011  |  Edward C.F. Lam, MS4, Enrique Palacios, MD, FACR, and Harold Neitzschman, MD, FACR, FACNM, FAAP

Unilateral macroglossia as sole presenting manifestation of internal carotid artery dissection

September 21, 2011  |  Joerg-Patrick Stübgen, MD


A patient presented with acute-onset, painless, unilateral enlargement of the tongue. Steroid treatment for angio-edema was ineffective, and a biopsy of an apparent mass of the tongue base showed normal tissue. Subsequent magnetic resonance imaging showed enlargement,...

Vagal Schwannoma

September 21, 2011  |  Regan W.J. Bergmark, BA, David P. Guo, BS, Harrison W. Lin, MD, William C. Faquin, MD, PhD, Geoffrey S. Young, MD, and Keith G. Saxon, MD

A case of a coexisting aberrant internal carotid artery and persistent stapedial artery: The role of MR angiography in the diagnosis

May 1, 2011  |  Hatice Gul Hatipoglu, MD, Mehmet Ali Cetin, MD, Enis Yuksel, MD, and Huseyin Dere, MD


We describe the case of a 37-year-old woman who presented with a complaint of recurrent headaches since childhood. Clinical examination revealed the presence of a reddish-bluish mass in the inferior half of the tympanic membrane in her right ear. Source and three-dimensional...

The use of a covered stent in carotid blowout syndrome

April 1, 2011  |  Brian McGettigan, MD, William Parkes, MD, Carin Gonsalves, MD, David Eschelman, MD, William Keane, MD, and Maurits S. Boon, MD


Rupture of the extracranial carotid arteries or their major branches is known as carotid blowout syndrome (CBS). CBS is a well-recognized complication of cancer of the head and neck and subsequent radiation therapy. A few treatment modalities are available, including open...

Incomplete Horner syndrome: Report of a case and description of the sympathetic nervous system anatomy involved in Horner syndrome

February 1, 2011  |  Grant M. Garbo, MD, Alexander J. Harmatz, MD, and Glenn Isaacson, MD


Horner syndrome, in which ptosis, miosis, and anhidrosis occur concomitantly, can arise from injury to the sympathetic nerve pathways anywhere from the brain to the end organs. Incomplete Horner syndrome lacks the sign of anhidrosis. We present a case of incomplete Horner...

An aberrant internal carotid artery discovered during evaluation of obstructive sleep apnea: A report of 2 cases with consideration of a possible association

January 1, 2011  |  Andrew C. Picel, MD and Terence M. Davidson, MD


Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is often associated with reduced pharyngeal muscle tone and an anatomically narrowed pharyngeal airspace. We describe 2 cases of aberrant internal carotid arteries that were diagnosed during evaluations of patients with suspected OSA. It is...

Aneurysm of the petrous portion of the internal carotid artery at the foramen lacerum: Anatomic, imaging, and otologic findings

July 1, 2010  |  Enrique Palacios, MD, FACR, Juan Gómez, MD, Jorge E. Alvernia, MD, and Christian Jacob, MD


Aneurysms of the petrous portion of the internal carotid artery (ICA) are rare. Their etiology is usually congenital, traumatic, or mycotic. Depending on the size and location of the aneurysm, the direction of its growth, and the specific adjacent structures involved, patients...

Aberrant carotid artery as an incidental finding before tonsillectomy

May 1, 2010  |  Rabia Shihada, MD, Moshe Goldsher, MD, Jacob Braun, MD, and Michal Luntz, MD


Injury to the internal carotid artery during routine pharyngeal surgery is a rare and potentially catastrophic complication. Aberrations of the cervical blood vessels that might cause lethal post-tonsillectomy bleeding are clearly important but largely unpredictable, even when...


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