Penetrating carotid artery: Uncommon complex and lethal injuries

Juan A. Asensio, T. Vu, F. N. Mazzini, F. Herrerias, G. D. Pust, J. Sciarretta, J. Chandler, J. M. Verde, P. Menendez, J. M. Sanchez, P. Petrone, C. Marini

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Carotid arterial injuries are the most difficult and certainly the most immediately life-threatening injuries found in penetrating neck trauma. Their propensity to bleed actively and potentially occludes the airway and makes surgical intervention very challenging. Their potential for causing fatal neurological outcomes demands that trauma surgeons exercise excellent judgment in the approach to their definitive management. The purpose of this article is to review the diagnosis and management of these injuries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-437
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine

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Asensio, J. A., Vu, T., Mazzini, F. N., Herrerias, F., Pust, G. D., Sciarretta, J., ... Marini, C. (2011). Penetrating carotid artery: Uncommon complex and lethal injuries. European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery, 37(5), 429-437.