ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Endovascular treatment of a traumatic facial arteriovenous fistula with transcatheter embolization technique
Sefer Usta1, Hamit Serdar Başbuğ2, Mehmet Halil Öztürk3, Yavuz Çakıroğlu4
1Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Ahi Evren Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Training and Research Hospital, Trabzon, Turkey
2Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Medical Faculty of Kafkas University, Kars, Turkey
3Departments of Radiology, Medical Faculty of Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon, Turkey
4Departments of Cardiovascular Surgery, Medical Faculty of Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon, Turkey
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2015.11668
Traumatic arteriovenous (AV) fistulas are the vascular lesions which usually develop due to penetrating or blunt injuries or rarely due to an iatrogenic cause. Gunshot wounds, penetrating injuries, or bone fractures which are located in an adjacent artery and vein constitute the major etiology of the traumatic AV fistulas. Arteriovenous fistulas may not be diagnosed for years and may require surgical intervention long after the injury. When a traumatic AV fistula is not treated immediately and appropriately, it may cause subacute and chronic complications. Traumatic AV fistulas may progress to rarely encountered aneurysmatic dilatations in chronic periods. In this article, we report a 33-year-old male case with a neglected traumatic AV fistula which progressed to a facial AV aneurysm and received endovascular treatment successfully using transcatheter embolization technique.
Keywords : Aneurysm; arteriovenous fistula; endovascular treatment; transcatheter embolization
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