Carotid-cavernous fistula. Intravascular treatment with a self-sealing detachable balloon

H. S. Ahn, R. I. White, A. J. Kimar

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Five traumatic carotid-cavernous fistulas were treated using a new self-sealing, detachable, silicone-rubber balloon, as part of a balloon-catheter system, and a modified technique for positioning the balloon. The fistulas were occluded successfully in four patients; in a fifth patient, a small fistula persisted. In each instance, the internal carotid artery flow was preserved. The flexible balloon-catheter system can be guided via the blood flow and still not require a coaxial catheter for detachment. Moreover, the flexibility of the balloon and catheter resulted in easy positioning through a tortuous internal carotid artery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)583-584
Number of pages2
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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