Clin Surg | Volume 2, Issue 1 | Review Article | Open Access

Surgical Approaches to the Internal Carotid Artery at the Extracranial Middle Skull Base

Desai M1, Rolls A1, Girish G2 and Baker DM1*

1Department of Vascular Surgery, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
2Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Watford, UK

*Correspondance to: Daryll M. Baker 

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Abstract

The aims of this review are to critically review the surgical approaches to the internal carotid artery (ICA) at the skull base as reported in the literature. We discuss the relevant anatomy and the common indications and approaches to the internal carotid artery at the skull base are outlined. We conclude that open surgical approaches to the ICA at the skull base are feasible with careful anatomic dissection and can be performed with minimal morbidity in most cases. The optimum approach continues to be debated.

Keywords:

Surgical approaches; Carotid artery; Skull base

Citation:

Desai M, Rolls A, Girish G, Baker DM. Surgical Approaches to the Internal Carotid Artery at the Extracranial Middle Skull Base. Clin Surg. 2017; 2: 1551.

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