Endovascular management of the carotid blowout syndrome

Stephen J. Broomfield, I. A. Bruce, D. A. Luff, A. R. Birzgalis, R. J. Ashleigh

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    Abstract

    Bleeding from the carotid artery or its branches ('carotid blowout') is a well recognized complication following treatment or recurrence of head and neck cancer. The traditional surgical treatment for carotid blowout is often technically difficult and is associated with an unacceptably high morbidity and mortality. The majority of such patients are currently treated conservatively with end of life supportive measures. We report the case of a young patient with recurrent supraglottic carcinoma complicated by carotid blowout on two separate occasions over a five month period, which was successfully treated endovascularly under local anaesthetic, without neurological sequelae. With the continuing development of interventional radiology, endovascular techniques are now emerging as a viable, low morbidity treatment option in selected patients. © 2006 JLO (1984) Limited.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)694-697
    Number of pages3
    JournalThe Journal of laryngology and otology
    Volume120
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2006

    Keywords

    • Carotid Arteries
    • Complications
    • Haemorrhage
    • Head and Neck Neoplasms
    • Radiology, Interventional

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