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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 1998 April;39(2):163-5

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Carotid ­string ­sign result­ing ­from an aber­rant ­branch of ­the inter­nal carot­id ­artery

Brooks A. J., Behm G. M., Baxter B. T., Lynch T. G.

From ­the Department of Surgery University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, Nebraska, ­USA


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Branches of ­the extra­cra­ni­al inter­nal carot­id ­artery ­are ­very ­rare. A ­case is report­ed where­in an aber­rant ­artery orig­i­nat­ed ­from ­the ­bulb of ­the inter­nal carot­id ­artery (­ICA) approx­i­mate­ly 2 cm ­from ­the bifur­ca­tion. The ­ICA ­was occlud­ed dis­tal to ­the ­branch’s ori­gin. Arteriography in ­this ­case ­gave ­the appear­ance of a carot­id “­string ­sign”. Vascular sur­geons ­and radiol­o­gists ­should be ­aware of ­this anom­a­ly ­when inter­pret­ing carot­id arter­i­o­grams.

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