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September 1963

Post-Traumatic Temporal Artery Aneurysm: A Recurrent Surgical Curiosity

Author Affiliations

Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Arch Surg. 1963;87(3):398-400. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1963.01310150034008

Three cases of post-traumatic temporal artery aneurysms were encountered in our hospital during the past two years. This entity was new in our experience and found to be ignored in present-day textbooks. We have undertaken here the presentation of these cases and a review of the literature on this relatively benign but curious surgical entity.

Report of Cases 

Case 1.  —A 26-year-old truck driver was seen complaining of a "cyst" on his left forehead. A 2.5×1.5 cm. soft tissue mass was noted over the left eyebrow and presumed to be a dermoid cyst. At exploration under local anesthesia the mass was found to be a saccular aneurysm of the anterior branch of the temporal artery with weak pulsations which was easily resected. The cavity of the aneurysm was almost filled with organizing thrombus. The patient then recalled having been kicked in the forehead while inebriated three weeks earlier. No laceration

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