Rezan Aksoy, Ekrem Yılmaz, Murat Bülent Rabuş

University of Health Sciences, Istanbul Kartal Kosuyolu High Speciality Training and Research Hospital, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Istanbul, Turkey

A 65-year-old woman presented with dizziness and a mass causing pain in the left side of the neck. Physical examination revealed the presence of a pulsatile mass in the painful region. A computerized tomography angiogram identified a saccular aneurysm measuring 5.4 x 3.2 cm in the left internal carotid artery (ICA) without thrombus (Figure 1). Extracranial internal carotid artery aneurysm is defined as the dilatation of the ICA covering over 50% of its diameter and has a rare occurrence(1). Carotid artery aneurysms account for less than 1% of all the peripheral arterial aneurysms(2). Although carotid artery aneurysms are rarely observed, their possibility should be considered in addition to glomus tumors in patients presenting with swelling in the neck.

Peer Review

Externally peer-reviewed.

Author Contributions

Concept/Design – MR; Analysis/Interpretation – EY; Data Collection – RA; Writing – RA; Critical Revision – RA; Overall Responsibility – RA; Overall Responsibility - RA, EY, MR.

Conflict of Interest

The authors have no conflict of interest to declare.

Financial Disclosure

The authors declared that this study has received no financial support.

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