carotid-cavernous fistula

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ca·rot·id-·cav·ern·ous fis·tu·la

a fistulous communication, of spontaneous or traumatic origin, between the cavernous sinus and the traversing internal carotid artery; a pulsating unilateral exophthalmos and a detectable cranial bruit are common manifestations.

ca·rot·id-cav·ern·ous fis·tu·la

(kă-rot'id-kav'ĕr-nŭs fis'chū-lă)
A fistulous communication between the cavernous sinus and the traversing internal carotid artery, of spontaneous or traumatic origin; common manifestations are a pulsating unilateral exophthalmos and a detectable cranial bruit.
Synonym(s): caroticocavernous fistula.
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Jeremy was suffering from a carotid cavernous fistula - an abnormal connection between two blood vessels in his skull which impaired his vision and restricted his ability to move his eyes.
A follow-up angiogram on day 3 showed complete occlusion of the left carotid cavernous fistula with excellent crossfill at the anterior communicating artery and collateral flow to the left middle cerebral territory via the left posterior communicating artery (Fig 4).
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