Fatal paradoxical muscle embolization in traumatic carotid cavernous fistula repair. Case report

W. F. McCormick, P. J. Kelly, M. Sarwar

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Abstract

A unique case of fatal paradoxic muscle embolism in a patient with a traumatic carotid cavernous fistula is described. The muscle plug intended to occlude a left sided fistula passed through the large fistula, bypassed the lungs by way of a patent foramen ovale, and embolized through the right carotid artery to lodge in the internal carotid and middle cerebral arteries producing fatal brain infarction. The autopsy findings are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)513-516
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery
Volume44
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1976

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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