Tongue trauma with active bleed is most commonly due to the ruptured lingual artery and its branches, whereas delayed haemorrhage is usually secondary to pseudoaneurysm formation. This case is a unique presentation of traumatic tongue bleeds with early formation of pseudoaneurysm of a lingual artery branch. We present our experience in its management. A contrast-enhanced CT (CECT) with angiography detected right deep lingual artery pseudoaneurysm, which was managed by endovascular gelfoam embolisation followed by tongue laceration repair. Tongue bleed stopped immediately post embolisation; tongue viability and functions restored on postoperative day 1 of repair. No complications like secondary haemorrhage or tongue necrosis were noted at 1-month follow-up. High index of suspicion for lingual artery and/or its branch pseudoaneurysm is crucial in acute and uncontrollable traumatic tongue bleed. A CECT is a minimum norm in early diagnosis. Choice of management is the cornerstone of a successful outcome.
- otolaryngology / ENT
- interventional radiology
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