Fatal subarachnoid hemorrhage from the rupture of a totally intracavernous carotid artery aneurysm: case report

Neurosurgery. 1996 Mar;38(3):596-8; discussion 598-9. doi: 10.1097/00006123-199603000-00038.


Intracavernous carotid artery aneurysms usually cause symptoms because of gradual expansion without rupture. Most such aneurysms that do rupture lead to a carotid-cavernous fistula. Very few cases of rupture leading to subarachnoid hemorrhage have been reported. We report a case in which rupture of an entirely intracavernous carotid artery aneurysm led to death from a massive subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aneurysm, Ruptured / pathology*
  • Carotid Artery, Internal / pathology*
  • Cavernous Sinus / pathology*
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / pathology*
  • Male
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage / pathology*