Spontaneous rupture of a carotid artery aneurysm.
Carotid aneurysms are rare, accounting for less than 4% of all aneurysms, and repair of this entity comprises only 0.9% of all carotid procedures at major referral centers. Stroke is the most frequent complication and the possibility of rupture is only rarely considered. Rupture of a nontraumatic, uninfected carotid aneurysm is an exceedingly rare event, with only a handful of cases documented in the world literature, most of which presented as an acute, life-threatening emergency. This report documents the highly unusual circumstance of subacute presentation of a ruptured carotid aneurysm.
O'Brien, PJ; Peterson, D; Cox, MW
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