PMID: 10609915Dec 28, 1999

Spontaneous rupture of the common carotid artery presenting as a widened mediastinum

European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery : Official Journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery
S H RahmanJ A Thorpe


Spontaneous rupture of the common carotid artery is an extremely rare disorder. Presentation in an elderly gentleman as a widened mediastinum with cardiac compromise has not been previously reported. Emergency surgical exploration to decompress the airway revealed a 5-mm tear just proximal to the left common carotid artery bifurcation and a large para-oesophageal haematoma. The case is reviewed and the possible causes discussed.


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