Clinical Significance of Tortuosity of The Carotid Artery and Higher Bifurcation: Report of a Case and Review of Literature.
World Journal of Surgical Medical and Radiation Oncology 2017, 6:1
An aberrant carotid artery is at risk of injury during routine procedures if the vessel is placed into altered relationship with structures. The incidence of these variations is reported to be between 6-40% in various series.
We present a case of 46 year old male presented with cancer of the buccal mucosa wherein a high bifurcation of carotid artery along with tortuosity of the common carotid and internal carotid artery was found.
the anatomical variations of the carotid vessels can place these vessels at risk of injury at the time of surgery and hence knowledge of these variations is essential.
carotid artery; external carotid; internal carotid; internal jugular vein; spinal accessory artery; neck dissection.