Treatment of the ruptured or exposed carotid artery: a rational approach.


Review of 15 cases of carotid artery exposure or rupture in patients with no recurrent tumor demonstrated several important principles. Irradiation was a risk factor in 90% of cases of carotid blowout. Only one of five patients (20%) with carotid exposure who had not had irradiation had carotid perforation. Immediate death occurred in two of 15 (13%), and… (More)


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