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Traumatic aneurysm (pseudoaneurysm) of the superficial temporal artery.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18356366     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The most common presentation of a pseudoaneurysm of the superficial temporal artery is from trauma as a pulsatile cystic lesion in the region of the temple, which tends to enlarge steadily, accompanied by a persistent throbbing headache. Histologically they are dissimilar from true aneurysms as they do not contain all three layers of the arterial wall and 95% of these lesions are traumatic in origin. Diagnosis of the lesion can be made by duplex ultrasound scan, ultrasound and CT, CT scan with contrast and angiography. Treatment of this lesion varies within institutions but most commonly a complete excision is preferred with ligation of the proximal and distal vessels, which provides a better cosmetic result.
I Levisianos; V Sood
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Emergency medicine journal : EMJ     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1472-0213     ISO Abbreviation:  Emerg Med J     Publication Date:  2008 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-03-21     Completed Date:  2008-06-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100963089     Medline TA:  Emerg Med J     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  239-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
Regional Maxillofacial Unit, Southern General Hospital, Glasgow, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Aneurysm, False / diagnosis*,  etiology
Craniocerebral Trauma / complications*
Intracranial Aneurysm / diagnosis*,  etiology
Temporal Arteries*

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