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International Journal of Otolaryngology
Volume 2009, Article ID 378683, 3 pages
Case Report

Accidental Removal of a Carotid Endovascular Stent during Oropharyngeal Mass Biopsy

Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Nord University Hospital, Chemin des Bourrely, Marseille Cedex 13015, France

Received 3 September 2009; Accepted 24 October 2009

Academic Editor: Patrick James Bradley

Copyright © 2009 Charbel Rameh 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.


A 54-year-old male patient, with a history of a right mandibular adenocarcinoma, previously excised, and treated with post operative chemo- and radio-therapy, presented with a right oropharyngeal necrotic mass of several months duration. His history is pertinent for a right internal carotid endovascular stenting 2 years prior to presentation. During biopsy of his oropharyngeal lesion, a specimen of tissue was retrieved, with the carotid stent within. There was no bleeding. To the best of our knowledge, there is no such case reported in the literature. We present this case as a reminder on the importance and risks of radiation-induced necrosis and its distortion of the surrounding anatomy, especially in the presence of foreign bodies or protheses.