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An aberrant internal carotid artery discovered during evaluation of obstructive sleep apnea: A report of 2 cases with consideration of a possible association.
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PMID:  21229508     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is often associated with reduced pharyngeal muscle tone and an anatomically narrowed pharyngeal airspace. We describe 2 cases of aberrant internal carotid arteries that were diagnosed during evaluations of patients with suspected OSA. It is possible that these anatomic anomalies contributed to airspace narrowing in these patients. These 2 cases represent an interesting presentation of sleep apnea, and they provide a reminder of the importance of clinically recognizing carotid artery aberrations in order to avoid arterial damage during routine oropharyngeal procedures.
Authors:
Andrew C Picel; Terence M Davidson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ear, nose, & throat journal     Volume:  90     ISSN:  1942-7522     ISO Abbreviation:  Ear Nose Throat J     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7701817     Medline TA:  Ear Nose Throat J     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  29-31     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Bldg. 1, SOM Mail Code 0739, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093-0617, USA. apicel@ucsd.edu.
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