Traumatic carotid aneurysms of the cavernous sinus

  • J. R. van Dellen


In general, traumatic aneurysms of the intracavernous carotid artery can be regarded as rare complications of a head injury. Injury to the carotid artery in this situation may occur directly or indirectly. The reason for an aneurysm forming, rather than a fistula, can be deduced from the modern anatomical concept of the cavernous sinus. Provided the walls of the venous vessels of the sinus are not breached when the carotid artery is damaged, compression by the extravasating blood would create a stronger venous vessel wall and lead to the development of a false aneurysm.


Carotid Artery Cavernous Sinus Detachable Balloon Persistent Trigeminal Artery Profound Hypothermia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. R. van Dellen
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  1. 1.Department of Neurosurgery, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of Natal and Wentworth HospitalDurban, NatalSouth Africa

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