Traumatic injury to the internal carotid artery by the hyoid bone: a rare cause of ischemic stroke

  • Fernando Peixoto Ferraz de Campos University of São Paulo (USP), Hospital Universitário, Internal Medicine Department
  • Marcia Yoshie Kanegae University of São Paulo (USP), Hospital Universitário, Internal Medicine Department
  • Vera Demarchi Aiello University of São Paulo (USP), Heart Institute, School of Medicine, Laboratory of Pathology
  • Pedro José dos Santos Neto University of São Paulo (USP), Hospital Universitário, Department of Radiology
  • Tatiane Carneiro Gratão University of São Paulo (USP), Hospital das Clínicas, School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Vascular and Endovascular Division
  • Erasmo Simão Silva University of São Paulo (USP), Hospital das Clínicas, School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Vascular and Endovascular Division
Keywords: Stroke, Brain Ischemia, Hyoid Bone, Carotid Artery diseases, Surgical procedures, Operative

Abstract

Central nervous system (CNS) ischemic events, besides being a common and devastating disease, are accompanied by severe disability and other morbidities. The cause of such events is not always that simple to diagnose, and among the young, a broad spectrum of possibilities should be considered. We present the case of a young man who presented two episodes of CNS ischemia with a 1 year gap between them, which occurred in the same situation while he was walking and carrying a heavy backpack. The second event first presented as a transient ischemic attack followed by a stroke the day after. The diagnostic work-up showed an indentation of the greater cornu of the hyoid bone over the internal carotid artery, which injured the media and intimal layers. At the arterial injury site, a micro thrombus was found, which explained the source of the embolic event to the CNS. The patient was operated on, and the procedure included the resection of the posterior horn of the hyoid bone, the resection of the injured segment of the internal carotid artery followed by carotid–carotid bypass with the great saphenous vein. The postoperative period and the recovery were uneventful as was the 5-month follow-up. We call attention to this unusual cause of stroke and present other cases reported in the literature.

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Published
2018-03-13
How to Cite
Campos, F. P., Kanegae, M., Aiello, V., Santos Neto, P. J., Gratão, T., & Silva, E. (2018). Traumatic injury to the internal carotid artery by the hyoid bone: a rare cause of ischemic stroke. Autopsy and Case Reports, 8(1), e2018010. https://doi.org/10.4322/acr.2018.010
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Article / Clinical Case Report