Limitations to mobilizing the intrapetrous carotid artery.

  title={Limitations to mobilizing the intrapetrous carotid artery.},
  author={Debora G Witiak and Myles L. Pensak},
  journal={The Annals of otology, rhinology, and laryngology},
  volume={111 4},
The irregular and complex osteology of the bony skull base houses the intrapetrous internal carotid artery (ICA), which represents a potential obstacle to the complete extirpation of benign skull base lesions. This 2-part study 1) investigated the cadaveric basis for the mobilization of the intrapetrous ICA and 2) correlated the cadaveric anatomic findings with the authors' clinical experience. We conclude that the ICA can be mobilized relatively safely. The degree of mobility achieved directly… CONTINUE READING