Arteriovenous fistula after temporomandibular joint arthroscopy successfully treated with embolization

Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2004 Apr;33(3):301-3. doi: 10.1006/ijom.2003.0488.


Temporomandibular joint arthoscopy is a minimal invasive surgical procedure commonly used to effectively treat some internal derangement of the TMJ. However, this method is not free of complications. Arteriovenous fistula (AVF) is a lesion that communicates the high flow arterial system and the low flow venous network. We describe a new case of preauricular traumatic AVF successfully treated with external carotid embolization, along with a review of the medical literature.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arteriovenous Fistula / etiology*
  • Arteriovenous Fistula / therapy
  • Arthroscopy / adverse effects*
  • Carotid Artery, External / pathology
  • Embolization, Therapeutic*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Joint Dislocations / surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures
  • Pterygoid Muscles / blood supply
  • Temporal Arteries / injuries
  • Temporomandibular Joint / surgery*
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disc / surgery