Carotid artery pseudoaneurysm as a complication of ECMO

Ann Vasc Surg. 1997 Nov;11(6):630-3. doi: 10.1007/s100169900102.


Any pulsatile neck mass after extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) must be viewed as a pseudoaneurysm of the carotid artery until proven otherwise. Prompt diagnosis is necessary utilizing ultrasound. Angiography may not be necessary. Carotid artery pseudoaneurysm requires urgent surgical intervention to prevent catastrophic hemorrhage. The utilization of cardiopulmonary bypass may facilitate safe repair.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aneurysm, False / diagnostic imaging
  • Aneurysm, False / etiology*
  • Aneurysm, False / surgery
  • Blood Vessel Prosthesis
  • Cardiopulmonary Bypass
  • Carotid Artery Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Carotid Artery Diseases / etiology*
  • Carotid Artery Diseases / surgery
  • Child, Preschool
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Ultrasonography