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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 202-204

Iatrogenic common carotid artery pseudoaneurysm

1 Department of CTVS/Trauma, All Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
2 Department of Neurosurgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, India
3 Department of Anesthesiology, Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

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Rajnish Kumar Arora
Department of Neurosurgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2278-0521.171433

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Extracranial pseudoaneurysms of the carotid artery are extremely uncommon lesions. Trauma, which is nowadays mostly iatrogenic, is responsible for the majority of these cases. Inflammation is uncommon etiology. Clinically, these aneurysms may present as neck swelling with expansion into adjacent structure and pressure symptoms, cerebral embolization, stroke, and rarely rupture. The treatment is usually by endovascular or open surgical techniques. Therapy must be individualized with major and prime objective being the prevention of neurological complications. We present a case of iatrogenic pseudoaneurysm of the common carotid artery resulting due to iatrogenic injury during cervical exploration at a Rural Health Center.

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