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Title: Resection of a large carotid artery aneurysm under cervical epidural anaesthesia
Author(s): S. Jahanbakhsh , H. Ravari , P. Khashayar
Journal: Acta Cardiologica
Volume: 63    Issue: 1   Date: 2007   
Pages: 81-83
DOI: 10.2143/AC.63.1.2025336

Abstract :
Carotid artery aneurysm is a rare arterial aneurysm that should be considered in the differential diagnosis of cervical and posterior pharyngeal masses. The purpose of the present article was to report a carotid artery aneurysm in a patient in whom cervical blockade, the common anaesthetic method, was not possible due to the location of the aneurysm. In this case, the surgeon decided to resect the aneurysm under cervical epidural anaesthesia. As the patient was awake during the operation, the continuous evaluation of her neurological status was possible and thus, it was possible to diagnose insufficient perfusion or brain dysfunction promptly while the carotid artery was clamped. Cervical epidural anaesthesia provides careful monitoring of the neurological function and early diagnosis of possible brain ischaemia. Therefore, the application of this method in resecting carotid artery aneurysm by an experienced anaesthetist is safe and acceptable.