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February 2017

Sequential Treatment of Delayed Endovascular Coil Extrusion From a Carotid Artery Pseudoaneurysm After Tonsillectomy

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of California San Diego, San Diego
  • 2School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla
  • 3Division of Otolaryngology, Department of Surgery, Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, California
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017;143(2):193-195. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2016.2246

Tonsillectomy is one of the most common surgeries performed in the United States.1 A rare vascular complication of tonsillectomy is extracranial internal carotid artery (ICA) pseudoaneurysm, which occurs when a tear in the arterial wall leads to a hematoma and subsequent development of a periarterial fibrous capsule. Expeditious treatment is required to avoid life-threatening complications.

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