Arteriovenous fistula after temporomandibular arthroscopy

Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 1999 Apr;37(2):127-8. doi: 10.1054/bjom.1997.0090.


Temporomandibular joint arthroscopy has been associated with various vascular injuries including haemorrhage, pseudoaneurysm and fistula. We describe the endovascular balloon embolization of a traumatic superficial temporal arteriovenous fistula that complicated TMJ arthroscopy. We conclude that suspected vascular injuries after this procedure should be investigated by arteriography, and that embolization is a safe and effective treatment for superficial temporal artery fistulas.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Angioplasty, Balloon
  • Arteriovenous Fistula / etiology*
  • Arteriovenous Fistula / therapy
  • Arthroscopy / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Temporal Arteries / injuries*
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome / diagnosis*
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome / surgery