Multistep and Multidisciplinary Management for Post-irradiated Carotid Blowout Syndrome in a Young Patient With Oropharyngeal Carcinoma: A Case Report

Marianna Sallustro, Mohammad Abualhin, Gian Luca Faggioli, Alessandro Pilato, Danilo Dall'Olio, Luigi Simonetti, Fabio Astarita, Luca Amorosa, Mauro Gargiulo

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Abstract

Background: Carotid blowout syndrome is a severe complication of head and neck cancer, associated with high mortality and morbidity. Methods: We present a case of acute hemorrhage from the carotid artery of a 59-year-old man with a history of chemoradiotherapy for lingual base and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. The case was managed by a staged multidisciplinary approach of open arterial reconstruction, after initial endovascular hemorrhage control using stent graft. Results: The patient was discharged to home with patent carotid artery, no sign of infection or bleeding, and autonomous ambulation. A CT/PET scan performed 6 months later confirmed healing and absence of tumor recurrence. Conclusions: A multidisciplinary approach involving vascular surgeons, ENT surgeons, plastic and maxillofacial surgeons is particularly appropriate in the management of carotid blowout syndrome to warrant a durable and effective repair of all the anatomical structures involved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)565.e1-565.e5
JournalAnnals of Vascular Surgery
Volume67
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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