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Vasc Surg. 2001 Sep-Oct;35(5):409-13.

Spontaneous late carotid-cutaneous fistula following radical neck dissection: a case report.

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Division of Vascular Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA.

Abstract

The authors present an unusual case of a spontaneous carotid-cutaneous fistula occurring as a late complication 4 years after radical neck dissection and postoperative radiation therapy for tonsillar squamous cell carcinoma in a 50-year-old patient. The etiologic factors predisposing patients to carotid artery rupture following radical neck dissection and a surgical option for carotid artery reconstruction instead of ligation are discussed.

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