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June 1984

Carotid-Cavernous Fistula Following Nasopharyngeal Biopsy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery/Neurosurgery, UCLA Medical School (Mr Feuerman); the Departments of Surgery/Neurosurgery (Dr Batzdorf) and Radiology (Dr Bentson), UCLA Hospital; and UCLA-Harbor General Hospital (Dr Hieshima), Los Angeles.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1984;110(6):412-414. doi:10.1001/archotol.1984.00800320066015

• A middle-aged man with a cervical lymph node metastasis underwent nasopharyngeal biopsy in search of the primary tumor. Following biopsy his eye became swollen and painful with unilateral loss of vision. A carotid-cavernous fistula was demonstrated, as was deficient ossification at the base of the skull. The fistula was successfully treated with balloon embolization.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1984;110:412-414)

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