Turkish Neurosurgery 2012 , Vol 22 , Num 3
Carotid Agenesis with Intercavernous Anastomosis
Rohan SINHA1, Raghavendra GUPTA1, Pooja ABBEY2, Awadhesh JAISWAL3, Sushil KUMAR1
1St Stephen's Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Delhi, India
2All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Department of Radiodiagnosis, Delhi, India
3Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Department of Neurosurgery, Lucknow, India
DOI : 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.3162-10.2 Agenesis of internal carotid artery (ICA) is rare. Association of agenesis with abnormal arterial communication between the cavernous segment of the carotid arteries is extremely rare. We present a case of a middle-aged woman who presented with sudden onset severe holocranial headache. She was investigated and diagnosed to have sub-arachnoid hemorrhage on CT scan. Digital Subtraction Angiogram revealed absent right internal carotid artery. The right middle cerebral artery received blood supply from an incidentally detected intercavernous anastomosis from the left internal carotid artery. No aneurysm, arteriovenous malformation or any other vascular abnormality was detected. The patient was managed conservatively. She has been asymptomatic for five years on follow up. Keywords : Agenesis, Internal carotid artery, Cavernous sinus, Subarachnoid hemorrhage
Corresponding author : Rohan Sınha, drrohansinha@gmail.com