Pseudoaneurysm of the right lingual artery: An unusual cause of severe hemorrhage during tonsillectomy

Ron B. Mitchell, Kevin D. Pereira, Rande H. Lazar, Tom E. Long, Norman F. Fournier

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Abstract

Profuse intraoperative hemorrhage is an uncommon complication of tonsillectomy. We present a three-year-old girl who underwent a routine adenotonsillectomy during which massive bleeding occurred from a large vessel in the right tonsillar fossae. Angiography revealed an aberrant right lingual artery with a pseudoaneurysm. The right lingual artery was embolized with multiple coils and the bleeding was halted. The causes and treatment of extracranial carotid artery pseudoaneurysms are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)575-576
Number of pages2
JournalEar, Nose and Throat Journal
Volume76
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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