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Use of flow diverter stent for treatment of a cervical carotid artery dissection and pseudoaneurysm causing Horner’s syndrome
  1. Narlin Beaty,
  2. Monisha Patel,
  3. Christian Martinez and
  4. Lutheria Hollis
  1. Department of Neurosurgery, Tallahassee Neurological Clinic, Tallahassee, Florida, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Narlin Beaty; lhollis{at}


A 28-year-old man in 2004 was identified with a spontaneous pseudoaneurysm and distal left cervical internal carotid artery (ICA) dissection. The patient was followed conservatively for 12 years with cross-sectional imaging. The patient was initially diagnosed with an acute left ICA dissection, with significant luminal narrowing. Follow-up imaging revealed the dissection was not completely healed, and a small pseudoaneurysm, about 4 mm in size, was formed in the distal left cervical ICA. During the 12-year observation period, the patient’s pseudoaneurysm expanded from 4.0 mm to 9.0 mm, and the patient presented with ptosis, anisocoria and myosis. Flow diverter embolisation resulted in a radiographic cure of the pseudoaneurysm and resolution of Horner’s syndrome.

  • neurosurgery
  • vascular surgery
  • global Health

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  • Contributors NB contributed to the treatment of the patient. MP, CM and LH contributed to the drafting the article and revision. All authors contributed to data analysis.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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