Extrusion of embolization coils through the carotid artery in a radiated neck

Harrison W. Lin, Hien T. Tierney, Jeremy D. Richmon, Eugene J. Mark, Daniel G. Deschler

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Abstract

Extrusion of embolization coils is an exceedingly rare event. We present and discuss a unique case of coil extrusion through the carotid artery into the pharyngeal soft tissue in the setting of soft tissue radionecrosis (STRN). A 55-year-old man with previous chemoradiation therapy presented with massive transoral hemorrhage. Control of the bleeding was accomplished by coil embolization of the right carotid artery system. The patient subsequently developed spiking fevers, and an exploration of the neck revealed coil extrusion through the common carotid artery and into the neck and pharynx. Although the incidence of coil extrusion in the head and neck is remarkably low, this complication must be considered in the heavily radiated neck and a high index of suspicion should be maintained in the setting of radionecrosis and signs and symptoms of systemic infection. Appropriate management requires early recognition and removal of foreign material with wound stabilization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)390-393
Number of pages4
JournalAuris Nasus Larynx
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2010

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Carotid Arteries
Neck
Hemorrhage
Common Carotid Artery
Pharynx
Signs and Symptoms
Fever
Head
Incidence
Wounds and Injuries
Infection
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Carotid artery
  • Embolization
  • Extrusion
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Radiation therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Surgery

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Lin, H. W., Tierney, H. T., Richmon, J. D., Mark, E. J., & Deschler, D. G. (2010). Extrusion of embolization coils through the carotid artery in a radiated neck. Auris Nasus Larynx, 37(3), 390-393. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anl.2009.07.001

Extrusion of embolization coils through the carotid artery in a radiated neck. / Lin, Harrison W.; Tierney, Hien T.; Richmon, Jeremy D.; Mark, Eugene J.; Deschler, Daniel G.

In: Auris Nasus Larynx, Vol. 37, No. 3, 06.2010, p. 390-393.

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Lin, HW, Tierney, HT, Richmon, JD, Mark, EJ & Deschler, DG 2010, 'Extrusion of embolization coils through the carotid artery in a radiated neck', Auris Nasus Larynx, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 390-393. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anl.2009.07.001
Lin, Harrison W. ; Tierney, Hien T. ; Richmon, Jeremy D. ; Mark, Eugene J. ; Deschler, Daniel G. / Extrusion of embolization coils through the carotid artery in a radiated neck. In: Auris Nasus Larynx. 2010 ; Vol. 37, No. 3. pp. 390-393.
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