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Pseudoaneurysm of head and neck vessels has been frequently observed in road side bomb blast victims.
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PMID:  25449169     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Due to recent war situation in neighboring country we have witnessed large number of victims with post-traumatic false (pseudo) aneurysms of head and neck in roadside bomb blast victims in Pakistan. Thus through this observational retrospective study we aim to share our experience of managing these patients.
METHOD: 5 years patients' case records, from June 2008-June 2013, were reviewed from the hospital's records. 14 cases of roadside bomb blast victims, developing false aneurysms of major or minor vessels of head and neck, were studied. We excluded the post-traumatic pseudoaneurysms involving other sites and vessels of the body. We observed the mechanism, the duration of presentation, symptoms/signs, vessels involved, complications and the management done.
RESULTS: All 14 cases presented with a localized pulsatile swelling with tenderness in the course of a known artery and with an overlying entry site wound from bomb blast sharp nails. Men were affected more as compared to women. All (14) cases had 2-12 weeks of duration between the injury and presentation. Temporal artery (4) was involved in most cases followed by common carotid artery (3). Open surgery was treatment of choice in 12 (85.7%) of cases; however 2 (14.3%) patients had endovascular intervention to correct the pathology. Post-operatively all patients recovered completely, without any major or minor complications.
CONCLUSION: Surgical intervention remains the management of choice for post-traumatic false aneurysms of head and neck in Pakistan. Despite the benefits of endovascular procedures, improvements must be weighed against the added costs on the patients.
Kamal Muhammad Yousuf; Fahad Hanif Khan
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-11-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  The surgeon : journal of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1479-666X     ISO Abbreviation:  Surgeon     Publication Date:  2014 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-12-2     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  2014-12-3    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101168329     Medline TA:  Surgeon     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2014 Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Scottish charity number SC005317) and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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