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Pseudoaneurysm of the superior thyroid artery following revision tracheostomy

Authors

  • Harrison W. Lin MD,

    1. Department of Otolaryngology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
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  • Brian K. Reilly MD, FAAP

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Otolaryngology, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC, U.S.A.
    • Department of Otolaryngology, Children's National Medical Center, 111 Michigan Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20010
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  • The authors have no funding, financial relationships, or conflicts of interest to disclose.

Abstract

This case report describes the presentation and management of a rare complication of pseudoaneurysm of the superior thyroid artery following tracheostomy. The majority of post-tracheostomy bleeding is managed either with packing or surgical re-exploration. However, angiography can pinpoint an arterial source of bleeding and allow the surgeon to address it via either a traditional open surgical approach or with minimally invasive endovascular embolization.

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