Congenital absence of the external carotid artery: atherosclerosis without a bifurcation.

@article{Rodriguez2002CongenitalAO,
  title={Congenital absence of the external carotid artery: atherosclerosis without a bifurcation.},
  author={Heron E. Rodriguez and Mohammed F. Ziauddin and Francis J. Podbielski and Joseph R Durham and Elizabeth Talley Clark},
  journal={Journal of vascular surgery},
  year={2002},
  volume={35 3},
  pages={573-5}
}
We report the case of a patient with congenital absence of the external carotid artery in whom we performed a carotid endarterectomy. The radiographic features and operative findings are presented. Four similar cases previously reported in the literature are reviewed. A comment on the pathophysiology of atherosclerosis at the carotid bulb in the absence of a bifurcation and a brief discussion on the possible embryologic explanation of this anomaly are discussed. 

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