Carotico-cavernous fistula after trans-sphenoidal hypophysectomy

Br J Neurosurg. 1989;3(5):613-6. doi: 10.3109/02688698909002855.


A case is presented of a 48-year-old woman with an iatrogenic carotico-cavernous fistula consequent upon a transphenoidal hypophysectomy. Successful closure of the fistula was achieved by interventional radiology. The causes and management of vascular injuries during trans-sphenoidal pituitary surgery are reviewed and discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Arteriovenous Fistula / diagnostic imaging
  • Arteriovenous Fistula / etiology*
  • Carotid Arteries / diagnostic imaging*
  • Cavernous Sinus / diagnostic imaging*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypophysectomy / adverse effects*
  • Hypophysectomy / methods
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications*
  • Radiography
  • Sphenoid Bone / surgery