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Injury to the internal carotid artery during routine pharyngeal surgery is a rare and potentially catastrophic complication. Aberrations of the cervical blood vessels that might cause lethal post-tonsillectomy bleeding are clearly important but largely unpredictable, even when associated with pediatric head and neck syndromes. We describe a patient in whom aberrant cervical carotid artery was an incidental finding prior to a scheduled tonsillectomy.


Rabia Shihada, Moshe Goldsher, Jacob Braun, Michal Luntz. Aberrant carotid artery as an incidental finding before tonsillectomy. Ear, nose, & throat journal. 2010 May;89(5):E17-8

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PMID: 20461671

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