Microsurgical removal of a balloon embolus to the internal carotid artery. Case report

D. J. Chalif, E. S. Flamm, A. Berenstein, I. S. Choi

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A complication of treatment of posttraumatic carotid-cavernous fistulas by detachable balloon techniques is presented. During occlusion of the fistula, a balloon embolus migrated from the cavernous sinus into the bifurcation of the internal carotid artery. The resultant neurological deficit was immediately treated with hypertension and volume expansion. The patient underwent direct microsurgical embolectomy and suffered no postoperative neurological sequelae. The significance and management of this complication are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-116
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of neurosurgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1983
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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