Post-traumatic lethal carotid-cavernous fistula

Antonina Argo, Giovanna Bono, Stefania Zerbo, Valentina Triolo, Rosa Liotta, Paolo Procaccianti

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The authors report about an unexpected death by traumatic lesion of the internal carotid artery in a 30-year-old man who had fallen two metres. The man suffered a fracture of the left maxillary sinus and a fracture of the right orbit with bilateral haemorrhage of the maxillary sinus. Surgical treatment was performed with favorable outcome. Clinically, there were no neurological symptoms but about 60 days after his accident, the man died from uncontrolled epistaxis. He was submitted to the autopsy that show a linear fracture in the left side of the turcic sella and lesion of the left internal carotid artery with carotid-cavernous fistula.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-268
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - May 2008


  • Arterial dissection
  • Carotid-cavernous fistula
  • Trauma
  • Unexpected death

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law


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