Variability in the position of the retropharyngeal internal carotid artery Academic Article uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Carotid Artery, Internal
  • Lymphatic Diseases
  • Retroperitoneal Space

abstract

  • The retropharyngeal internal carotid artery (ICA) is a well-described arterial anomaly with important implications for patients undergoing pharyngeal approach surgical procedures. Existing clinical and imaging classification schemes for a retropharyngeal ICA take into account arterial distance to the pharyngeal mucosal wall. We describe a case of mobility of a retropharyngeal ICA between short-interval imaging studies. The possibility of respiratory variability or other etiologies causing such changes in retropharyngeal carotid position have not been described previously. Our findings suggest that imaging findings from a single study alone may not be sufficient to confidently exclude this clinically significant arterial anomaly.

publication date

  • February 2013

Research

keywords

  • Academic Article

Identity

Language

  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC4721920

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/lary.23393

PubMed ID

  • 22614949

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 401

end page

  • 3

volume

  • 123

number

  • 2