Aberrant carotid vessels as a cause of pseudotumour of the pharynx: CT, MRI and angiographic findings

K. Chintapalli, E. M. Larsson, C. Bazan, J. R. Jinkins

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Aberrant internal carotid arteries presenting as pharyngeal masses are described in the literature. Eight patients were evaluated by CT, angiography or MRI. Our studies indicated that the phyaryngeal pseudo masses were due to aberrant carotid vessels. Unlike the previous reports, in tour of our eight cases both common and internal carotid arteries were the cause of the suspected mass. Contrast-enhanced CT studies consistently demonstrated the abnormalities. MRI may be done if patients have a contraindication to intravenous iodinated contrast administration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)324-328
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Radiology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 1994



  • Aberrant carotid artery
  • Angiography
  • CT
  • MRI
  • Pharyngeal mass

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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