Retropharyngeal internal carotid arteries (kissing carotids)

Case contributed by Ahmed A. Khawwam


Felling of a pulsatile neck mass.

Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Female

Tortuous internal carotid arteries with retropharyngeal course.

Coronal section show midline approximation of internal carotid arteries producing the so-called kissing carotid arteries. 

Case Discussion

Retropharyngeal carotid arteries must be mentioned in radiological reports especially in case of retropharyngeal surgery/intubation. 

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