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Aberrant carotid artery as an incidental finding before tonsillectomy

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May 1, 2010
by 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 associated with pediatric head and neck syndromes. We describe a patient in whom aberrant cervical carotid artery was an incidental finding prior to a scheduled tonsillectomy.

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