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What is a carotid cavernous fistula?

What is a carotid cavernous fistula?

Link artery to vein: The carotid artery, the main supply to the head, can establish a direct connection to the veins in the cavernous sinus lead to pronounced elevation of pressure in the veins which will dilate throughout the front of the head and can lead to a deadly leak. If you suspect this you need to see your doctor immediately (or an er) to get treatment. ...Read more

Fistula (Definition)

A fistula is an abnormal connection between two places. Most commonly, it originates somewhere in the intestine and communicates to another location in the intestine or in the skin. A fistula can develop after abdominal surgery, with inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, anorectal abscess, and ...Read more


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Describe the features of a carotid cavernous fistula.?

Describe the features of a carotid cavernous fistula.?

Eyes and brain: Carotid cavernous fistula is usually a condition of trauma where the carotid artery becomes slightly torn in the cavernous sinus and allows arterial flow to occur into the veins of the cavernous sinus creating a high flow state to an area that normally handles low venous pressure. These require treatment and often are seen with bulging eyes and bruits in the eyes. ...Read more

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What are the tip-offs that you might have carotid cavernous fistula?

CC Fistula: Ccf classically produces "pulsatile exophthalmos" which mean the eye bulges out and exhibits a pulsatile pattern. The affected eye is usually reddened and there may be visual difficulties as well as headache. ...Read more

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What are the kinds of things you can do to avoid carotid cavernous fistula?

Protect your head: A carotid cavernous fistula is an abnormal connection between the carotid artery (or one of its branches) and the venous system of the cavernous sinus draining the skull. It may form spontaneously or following trauma to the head. Wearing a helmet to prevent head trauma is a good way to avoid a carotid cavernous sinus fistulas. It is hard to prevent/avoid a spontaneous fistulas. ...Read more

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What kind of doctors treat a carotid cavernous fistula?

Neurosurgeon: This is a direct connection between the carotid artery and the low pressure venous system in the cavernous sinus. It can cause significant dysfunction of cranial nerves, cause swelling of veins in the upper face and eye surface, and is in fact very dangerous and requires immediate attention from a neurosurgeon to prevent permanent damage or even death. ...Read more

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I need a straight answer. What is carotid cavernous fistula?

Abnormal connection: This is an abnormal connection within the skull between the internal carotid artery, a branch supplying the brain, and the surrounding veins. It can cause pain, eye bulging and visual loss if not treated. This should be evaluated by a neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for carotid cavernous fistula?

Special: Catheters, stents, coils, and glue can be used to close the fistula. See your neurosurgeon or they may refer you to a neurointerventional radiologist ...Read more

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My father has carotid cavernous fistula. What does this mean?

Fistula: Is an abnormal connection between an artery and vein. C-c fistula is flow from artery directly into a venous structure called the cavernous sinus. This is often treated with embolization. ...Read more

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I live in a college town with many healers who use Asian treatments. Will they work on carotid cavernous fistula?

I live in a college town with many healers who use Asian treatments. Will they work on carotid cavernous fistula?

No: No no no no. Carotid cavernous fistula is a very serious condition that can not be treated with anything other than traditional western techniques. ...Read more

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Had MRA. Results unremarkable except "filling defect" or "blip" in carotid. Told not to worry. Fistula rare. How should I interpret this?

Had MRA. Results unremarkable except "filling defect" or "blip" in carotid. Told not to worry. Fistula rare. How should I interpret this?

Interpret: You shouldn't interpret it at all. Ask the doc that ordered it for the interpretation. Without seeing it, none of us can give a high probability interpretation ...Read more

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Could some one tell me what flow void in cavernous carotid artery means please?

Could some one tell me what flow void in cavernous carotid artery means please?

These are: Terms used to describe MRI findings. It is normal to have flow void in the carotid arteries. The cavernous sinus is an area where draining veins converge. The carotid artery runs through the cavernous sinus. ...Read more

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What cavernous carotid artery flow void on my MRI mean?

What cavernous carotid artery flow void on my MRI mean?

Need CT angiogram: Flow void on MRI means that in flow is not seen with MRI technique
this could be artefact. Ct angiogram or angiogram can help to make sure that artery is ok. ...Read more

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MRI vertebrobasilar hypoplasia right side there's robust flow void anastomosing the basilar artery w cavernous portion of internal carotid artery/mean?

MRI vertebrobasilar hypoplasia right side there's robust flow void anastomosing the basilar artery w cavernous portion of internal carotid artery/mean?

Normal variant: The arteries at the base of the brain can course in several different patterns but ultimately get the job done, that is, supply brain tissue. Your pattern is like your fingerprint.
Some more unusual patterns have an increased association with aneurysms, but this would have likely been described if present and vertebro basilar hypoplasia, as in the picture, is pretty common. ...Read more

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Ct scan for showed protuberant cavernous carotid artery. Blood in nasal drainage for months. Not a lot, but definitely present. What does this mean?

Ct scan for showed protuberant cavernous carotid artery. Blood in nasal drainage for months. Not a lot, but definitely present. What does this mean?

Unlikely: It is unlikely that these are related findings because your nose gets its blood supply from the other branch of the carotid artery. I am not sure what is meant by "protuberant" but if they mean it looks like aneurysmal, you should keep an eye on it and see a neurosurgeon that specializes in vascular disease. ...Read more

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Ct scan showed protuberant cavernous carotid artery covered by bone. What does this mean? Should I be worried? Nasal/ear issues and blood in snot.

Ct scan showed protuberant cavernous carotid artery covered by bone. What does this mean? Should I be worried? Nasal/ear issues and blood in snot.

Unlikely: It is unlikely that these are related findings because your nose gets its blood supply from the other branch of the carotid artery. I am not sure what is meant by "protuberant" but if they mean it looks like aneurysmal, you should keep an eye on it and see a neurosurgeon that specializes in vascular disease. ...Read more

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Had CT scan for sinus/ear. Ent said it's clear. I looked at report it said I have a protuberant cavernous carotid artery covered by bone. What that mean?

Had CT scan for sinus/ear. Ent said it's clear. I looked at report it said I have a protuberant cavernous carotid artery covered by bone. What that mean?

Large vessel: The carotid arteries travel through the cavernous sinus which is a venous drainage system covered in part by bone. I think that they are pointing out that the cavernous carotid artery is confined in bone. If the artery breaks through the bone, it is said to be dehiscent--this can lead to big nose bleeds. ...Read more

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What are some diseases of the caroited arteries in neck that affects children and teens that can lead to stroke?!

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What are some diseases of the caroited arteries in neck that affects children and teens that can lead to stroke?!

Dissection: Sometimes, you can have something called carotid artery dissection, which can cause a stroke in even young people. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of leaving a fistula coccygeus without a treatment? P.S I have already started a treatment but I have stopped when no pain

What are the consequences of leaving a fistula coccygeus without a treatment? P.S I have already started a treatment but I have stopped when no pain

Speak to your doctor: If you've started a regimen of with your physician, then you should let them know that you've stopped, because they may have in mind a certain course of action for you, in terms of outcomes. They are also assuming that you are completing it. Ask this same question to your doctor. They will give you some insight into how important it is to keep your regimen going to completion. You do not want inflammation, or infection to start. ...Read more

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What kinds of tests do I need to confirm fistula development?

SEE YOUR DOCTOR: See you doctor different tests will be needed depending upon type and site of fistula. ...Read more

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What is a vaginal fistula? How do you get it?

A fistula is a track: Fistula is a track between the vagina and another organ or to another surface. To treat a fistula one has to know where the track connects to. If the track is between the vagina and the rectum one needs to know how the track originated-after a delivery or surgery or inflammatory process such as crohns disease. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a shunt and fistula?

What's the difference between a shunt and fistula?

Fistula vs shunt: Basically, fistulas are natural occurring, abnormal communications between structures (e.g. Between the trachea & the esophagus or between the bladder & the vagina) & shunts are man made communications between structures (e.g. Between an artery & a vein for dialysis or between a cerebral ventricle & the peritoneal cavity for removing excess cerebrospinal fluid in hydrocephalus). ...Read more

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What does a fistula for dialysis really look like?

What does a fistula for dialysis really look like?

A fistula: A fistula for dialysis is created by connecting a vein in the arm to an artery and giving it usually 6-8 weeks to mature. A good fistula is anatomically not visible but felt through the thrill and bruit it creates. So you should not be able to know the location of a fistula if it is well done. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of a fissure fistula?

Fissures and: Fistula are 12 different things. Fissures usually cause a severe tearing like pain with bm and severe spasm in the sphincter after a bm and may have significant bleeding, fistula is usually a pressure type pain and may drain a mixture of blood and infected fluid or purulence. They are treated differently so a correct diagnosis requires an exam. Both may require surgery but not the first choice. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about fistula from diverticulitis?

Can you tell me about fistula from diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis can: Cause fistula between colon and bladder (vesiculo-colonic) or vagina (colo-vaginal), and will require an operation for definitive care. Diverticulitis is uncommon in your age group, so ask your doctor if there is possibility of Crohn's disease. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a fistula and a shunt?

What is the difference between a fistula and a shunt?

Dialysis shunts.: A shunt is a term for the connection that shunts blood from an artery to a vein, bypassing the microscopic network in the tissues that normally connect them. This allows a high blood flow access for pulling blood from the body to the dialysis filter. A fistula is a shunt that has a direct connection of a native artery and native vein, rather than using an artificial tube to make the connection. ...Read more

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How do you treat a fistula of someone with hemodialysis?

Fistula? Hemodial?: Your question is confusing. Did you get a fistula formed to be cannulated for hemodialysis or are you getting hemodialysis treatment and you have some form of fistula on your body somewhere i.e. colocutaneous fistula, perianal fistula, intestinal fistula..... What do you have? ...Read more