Traumatic superficial temporal artery pseudoaneurysms in a minor league baseball player: a case report and review of the literature

Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2004 Apr;33(4):200-5.


Traumatic STA aneurysm is a rare complication of facial trauma occuring typically in young men. We present the case of a minor league baseball player who developed 2 pseudoaneurysms after being struck by a baseball and review all cases associated with sports activities. Reports associated with sports activities are increasing and may represent an increasing incidence. The team physician should suspect this condition when a player presents with a new temporal mass after facial trauma. Diagnosis is typically made on history and physical examination, but can be confirmed by duplex ultrasound. Definitive treatment is surgical resection of the aneurysm after proximal and distal ligation of the vessel.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aneurysm, False / diagnostic imaging
  • Aneurysm, False / etiology*
  • Aneurysm, False / surgery
  • Athletic Injuries / complications*
  • Baseball / injuries*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Temporal Arteries / injuries*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Ultrasonography
  • Vascular Surgical Procedures / methods