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"kissing" carotid arteries

Smirniotopoulos, M.D. JGSM - MedPix (2000)

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Affiliation: Uniformed Services University

ABSTRACT

A portion of the internal carotid artery (the carotid 'siphon') normally travels within the venous cavernous sinus, on either side of the sphenoid bone and pituitary fossa. However, the position of the "cavernous carotid" can be quite variable, with medial displacement into the pituitary fossa and/or into the sphenoid sinus. One important variant is the intrasellar carotid, another is the "kissing" carotid - where both cavernous carotid arteries deviate medially and touch each other near the midline within the sphenoid bone or the sphenoid sinus. These anomalies are particularly important since they may cause or mimic pituitary disease. They also may complicate transphenoidal surgery.

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"kissing" carotid arteries

Smirniotopoulos, M.D. JGSM - MedPix (2000)

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View Article: MedPix Image - MedPix Topic

Affiliation: Uniformed Services University

ABSTRACT

A portion of the internal carotid artery (the carotid 'siphon') normally travels within the venous cavernous sinus, on either side of the sphenoid bone and pituitary fossa. However, the position of the "cavernous carotid" can be quite variable, with medial displacement into the pituitary fossa and/or into the sphenoid sinus. One important variant is the intrasellar carotid, another is the "kissing" carotid - where both cavernous carotid arteries deviate medially and touch each other near the midline within the sphenoid bone or the sphenoid sinus. These anomalies are particularly important since they may cause or mimic pituitary disease. They also may complicate transphenoidal surgery.

No MeSH data available.