Non-visualization of the internal carotid artery with a normal ipsilateral common carotid artery Doppler waveform: a finding suggesting congenital absence of the ICA on colour Doppler ultrasound

C Yilmaz; B Utebay; S Kalaycioglu; G Onat; A Solak
September 2006
British Journal of Radiology;Sep2006, Vol. 79 Issue 945, pe108
Academic Journal
We report a case of congenital absence of the left internal carotid artery (ICA) that presented with left-sided facial numbness. On MRI of the brain, occlusion of the left cavernous ICA was suggested. On colour Doppler ultrasound (CDS), the left ICA was not visualized and the ipsilateral common carotid artery (CCA) showed normal flow in systole and diastole. Combined with the correct identification of the left external carotid artery (ECA), these findings were suggestive of congenital absence of the ICA rather than occlusion. The final diagnosis of congenital absence of the ICA was confirmed with CT of the skull base.


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