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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2011, Article ID 347671, 2 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/347671
Case Report

Uncontrolled Epistaxis Secondary to Traumatic Pseudoaneurysm of the Maxillary Artery

Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Pennsylvania State University, 500 University Drive Hershey, PA 17036, USA

Received 23 August 2011; Accepted 25 September 2011

Academic Editors: A. Rapoport and A. Taş

Copyright © 2011 Eelam Adil et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We describe a rare case of traumatic pseudoaneurysm of the maxillary artery following a fall. The patient presented with epistaxis that could not be controlled with anterior and posterior nasal packing. She was urgently taken to the angiography suite for evaluation and ultimately underwent embolization of a left maxillary artery pseudoaneurysm with 500–700 micron Contour PVA followed by coiling with two 3 mm Tornado coils. Bleeding subsided after embolization, and the patient suffered no neurologic sequelae.