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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 895--898

Covered coronary stent grafts as a treatment option for carotid-cavernous fistulas: Our initial experience

Department of Radiology, Kovai Medical Center and Hospital, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

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Mathew Cherian
Department of Radiology, Kovai Medical Center and Hospital, Avinashi Road, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu - 641 014
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DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.91373

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Treatment of Type 1 carotid-cavernous fistula (CCF) is complex and endovascular stent grafting is proving to be an excellent technique not only in successful treatment of fistula but also preserving patency of parent artery. We describe our initial experience in the use of covered coronary stent grafts in the treatment of three patients with Type 1 post-traumatic CCF. All patients were successfully treated with placement of stent grafts. Immediate closure of fistula was achieved in all the three patients. One patient developed partial in-stent thrombosis. In this patient antiplatelet therapy had to be stopped as he developed a small intracerebral hematoma post procedure. Subsequently, he was restarted on antiplatelets and recovered completely. Except for this no other complication was observed. Covered stent grafts may be the procedure of choice for treatment of post-traumatic Type 1 CCF especially in young patients with favorable anatomy.


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