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Endovascular carotid reconstruction in palliative head and neck cancer patients with threatened carotid blowout presents a beneficial supportive care measure.
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PMID:  18588415     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
ABSTRACT Carotid blowout is a devastating complication in patients with head and neck malignancy. The traditional surgical treatment for carotid blowout is often technically difficult and is associated with an unacceptably high morbidity and mortality. Recently, endovascular therapy has been proposed for head and neck surgical patients. Preliminary reports showed a better outcome with less morbidity and mortality compared to the previous treatment modalities. The use of such techniques in cases of impending or acute carotid blowout syndrome has been previously described to be beneficial for palliative head and neck cancer patients as well. We introduce a case of a head and neck cancer patient receiving palliative care, presenting with threatened carotid blowout, who was managed with endovascular placement of a covered stent under elective conditions in order to prevent an inevitable carotid rupture. In the present case endovascular carotid stenting allowed preservation of the vessel, prevented the dramatic situation of carotid rupture, and facilitated a rapid hospital discharge without any neurologic or stenting sequelae.
Dimitrios Koutsimpelas; Michael Pitton; Christoph Külkens; Burkard M Lippert; Wolf J Mann
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of palliative medicine     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1557-7740     ISO Abbreviation:  J Palliat Med     Publication Date:  2008 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-30     Completed Date:  2008-09-26     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9808462     Medline TA:  J Palliat Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  784-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University Hospital of Mainz, Mainz, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Vessel Prosthesis Implantation
Carotid Artery Diseases / surgery*
Head and Neck Neoplasms / surgery*
Hemorrhage / etiology
Palliative Care
Rupture, Spontaneous

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