Kissing carotids

The term kissing carotids refers to tortuous and elongated vessels which touch in the midline. They can be be found in: 

  • retropharynx 2
  • intra-sphenoid 1
    • within the pituitary fossa
    • within sphenoid sinuses
    • within sphenoid bones

The significance of kissing carotids is two-fold:

  1. may mimic intra-sellar pathology
  2. catastrophic if unknown or unreported before transsphenoidal / retropharyngeal surgery
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Article Information

rID: 12924
Section: Signs
Tag: refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Kissing carotid arteries
  • Kissing internal carotid arteries

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    Case 1: retropharyngeal
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    Kissing carotids
    Case 2: intrasellar
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    Case 3: intrasellar
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    Case 4
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    Case 5: simulating prevertebral haematoma
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