Spontaneous late carotid-cutaneous fistula following radical neck dissection: a case report. Vascular surgery Rodriguez, F., Carmeci, C., Dalman, R. L., Lee, W. A. 2001; 35 (5): 409-413


The authors present an unusual case of a spontaneous carotid-cutaneous fistula occurring as a late complication 4 years after radical neck dissection and postoperative radiation therapy for tonsillar squamous cell carcinoma in a 50-year-old patient. The etiologic factors predisposing patients to carotid artery rupture following radical neck dissection and a surgical option for carotid artery reconstruction instead of ligation are discussed.

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