Delayed carotid-cavernous fistula and multiple cranial neuropathy following basal skull fracture

David W. Cahill, Krishna C.V.G. Rao, Thomas B. Ducker

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

A case of basilar skull fracture associated with palsies of the 3rd through 10th cranial nerves on the ipsilateral side is presented. Three months after the initial injury, despite return of significant ocular movement, proptosis and conjunctival congestion heralded the onset of an ipsilateral carotid-cavernous fistula. Angiography revealed the presence of a carotid-cavernous fistula; however, the ipsilateral carotid artery was occluded in the neck. A single pathophysiological mechanism is proposed to account for this unique series of events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-22
Number of pages6
JournalSurgical neurology
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1981

Keywords

  • basilar skull fracture
  • carotid-cavernous fistula
  • cranial nerve palsies
  • internal carotid occlusion
  • trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Delayed carotid-cavernous fistula and multiple cranial neuropathy following basal skull fracture'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this