Carotid artery injuries

Am J Surg. 1982 Dec;144(6):748-53. doi: 10.1016/0002-9610(82)90563-3.


One-hundred twenty-nine patients with carotid artery injuries were analyzed to compare the results of revascularization with those of ligation or occlusion. In patients who present with central neurologic deficit short of coma (Grades 1 to 4), revascularization is clearly the operative method of choice. Revascularization in patients with preoperative coma (Grade 5) is also indicated when ischemia has only been present for a short period of time before surgery. Controlling cerebral edema and minimizing infarct size in patients with severe deficits may be essential to optimize the chance of recovery of these patients.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Carotid Arteries / surgery
  • Carotid Artery Injuries*
  • Carotid Artery, Internal / surgery
  • Central Nervous System Diseases / classification
  • Central Nervous System Diseases / etiology
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Ligation
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prognosis
  • Vascular Surgical Procedures / methods
  • Wounds, Penetrating / surgery*