Introduction: Anomalous cervical carotid artery pathway represents an unknown risk factor for massive bleeding during phar- yngeal surgery and intubation. It is often found incidentally in totally asymptomatic patients undergoing radiographic studies for unrelated reasons or patients who have respiratory diseases, cough and difficulty swallowing or undergoing pharyngeal surgery for other pathology. Case presentation: We describe a 48-year-old woman who presented chronic cough, feeling of a lump in the throat and progres- sive dysphagia. Endoscopic examination demonstrated an evident pulsatile mass protruding inside its retro pharynx. Three-dimension- al MDCT angiography and Doppler ultrasonography performed accurate images allowing the accurate assessment of these vascular anomalies. Conclusion: Evaluation of pulsating hypopharynx mass should include differential diagnosis with retropharyngeal abscess or tumorous lesion. The association of an abnormal pathway is highly correlated with the onset of neurological symptoms, an increased risk of bleeding and stroke. Therefore, where it is not possible to follow the patient's condition due to severe associated complications, resection and surgical correction of the affected vascular segment is indicated.

Progressive dysphagia in a patient with parapharingeal pulsating mass: A case report and literature’s review

Salvatore Ferlito
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Maniaci Antonino;Ignazio La Mantia;Luigi Maiolino;Ferlito Agata;Salvatore Cocuzza;Calogero Grillo
2019

Abstract

Introduction: Anomalous cervical carotid artery pathway represents an unknown risk factor for massive bleeding during phar- yngeal surgery and intubation. It is often found incidentally in totally asymptomatic patients undergoing radiographic studies for unrelated reasons or patients who have respiratory diseases, cough and difficulty swallowing or undergoing pharyngeal surgery for other pathology. Case presentation: We describe a 48-year-old woman who presented chronic cough, feeling of a lump in the throat and progres- sive dysphagia. Endoscopic examination demonstrated an evident pulsatile mass protruding inside its retro pharynx. Three-dimension- al MDCT angiography and Doppler ultrasonography performed accurate images allowing the accurate assessment of these vascular anomalies. Conclusion: Evaluation of pulsating hypopharynx mass should include differential diagnosis with retropharyngeal abscess or tumorous lesion. The association of an abnormal pathway is highly correlated with the onset of neurological symptoms, an increased risk of bleeding and stroke. Therefore, where it is not possible to follow the patient's condition due to severe associated complications, resection and surgical correction of the affected vascular segment is indicated.
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