SCARY ARTERIAL AIRWAY DRAMA

Found an interesting case report in intensive care med. It describes a case where an anaesthetist found a pulsating mass in the lateral wall of the oropharynx. MR revealed the patient’s internal carotid artery was kinked, aberrant and indented way into the pharyngeal wall. This could obviously restrict laryngoscopy view but more importantly bleed massively if torn.

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Case report/image lives here:

Intensive Care Med. 2015 Jan 10. Aberrant internal carotid artery: a risky condition for tracheal intubation.Prokopakis E, Lyronis G, Kaprana A, Velegrakis G.

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2 Responses to SCARY ARTERIAL AIRWAY DRAMA

  1. Viking One says:

    However….gentle laryngoscophy in skilled hands will under mosr circumstances NOT tear an already intact carotid artery…

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