Short-term outcome of carotid dissecting pseudoaneurysm: is it always benign?

  • Loris Poli
  • Dikran Mardighian
  • Massimo Gamba
  • Alessandro Padovani
  • Alessandro Pezzini
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

A 35-year-old male was admitted to the Emergency Department because of major head trauma. Brain CT showed acute subdural hematoma and right temporal pole parenchymal hemorrhage. He was intubated for airway protection but was extubated successfully soon thereafter. After sedation withdrawal, the neurological examination showed a deficit of the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th cranial nerves as well as Horner’s sign, consistent with left Villaret syndrome. Cerebral magnetic resonance angiography displayed left extracranial internal carotid artery dissection along with a dissecting pseudoaneurysm (DP), causing compression of the lower 4 cranial nerves and sympathetic fibers and 80% lumen stenosis (Fig.  1a). Acetylsalicylic acid 100 mg daily was started after the resolution of the hemorrhagic lesions, 1 month after the acute event. At 3-month follow-up evaluation, we observed improvement of compressive signs, whereas neuroimaging indicated no further expansion of the vascular lesion...



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze Cliniche e Sperimentali, Clinica NeurologicaUniversità degli Studi di BresciaBresciaItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Specialità Medico-Chirurgiche, Scienze Radiologiche e Sanità Pubblica, Sezione di NeuroradiologiaUniversità degli Studi di BresciaBresciaItaly
  3. 3.Stroke Unit, U.O Neurologia VascolareSpedali Civili di BresciaBresciaItaly

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