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J Endovasc Ther. 2000 Apr;7(2):136-40.

Stent-graft treatment of a common carotid artery pseudoaneurysm.

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  • 1Department of Neuroradiology, San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy.



To report a case demonstrating successful endovascular treatment of a right common carotid artery pseudoaneurysm using a commercially prepared balloon-expandable covered stent.


A 50-year-old man was evaluated for syncopal episodes. He had a history of severe trauma sustained in a motor vehicle accident 3 years before symptom onset. Doppler ultrasound scanning detected a pseudoaneurysm at the origin of the right common carotid artery. The defect measured 25 mm x 20 mm with a 22-mm-long neck on angiography and computed tomography; there was no evidence of carotid stenosis or associated vascular pathology. Via a percutaneous femoral access, 2 Jostent peripheral stent-grafts were placed at the level of the aneurysm, safely achieving complete repair of the arterial wall defect. The patient was asymptomatic at his 12-month evaluation. Color flow duplex scans showed continued exclusion of the pseudoaneurysm.


Wide-necked aneurysms in the extracranial carotid arteries may be treated with stent-grafts, which can achieve complete and permanent reconstruction of the arterial wall by excluding the aneurysm.

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