The role of CT angiography and endovascular treatment in acute-massive head and neck bleeding


European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, vol.279, no.2, pp.875-882, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 279 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00405-021-06813-6
  • Journal Name: European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.875-882
  • Keywords: Endovascular techniques, Interventional radiology, Head and neck cancer, Epistaxis, Bleeding, EMBOLIZATION, CANCER, HEMORRHAGE, MANAGEMENT
  • Kayseri University Affiliated: No


© 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature.Purpose: To report the results of the endovascular treatment of acute-massive head and neck bleeding in a single center and underline the value of computerized tomography-angiography and endovascular treatment of this desperate patient group. Methods: Forty-eight patients who suffered from acute-massive head and neck bleeding and in whom conservative treatment options had failed were included in the study. To localize the site of the bleeding, computerized tomography-angiography was obtained above the supra-aortic level. Depending on the type and site of bleeding, an urgent angiographic evaluation and appropriate endovascular treatment procedure were performed in the same session immediately. Complete control of all active bleeding was determined as “technical success” at the end of the procedure. Results: The majority of the endovascular treatment indications were tumoral mass bleedings in this study. Eight patients, all of which had head and neck tumors as the cause of the bleeding underwent repeated interventional procedures due to acute re-bleeding. All patients left the angiography unit with technical success and dramatic clinical improvement. Two patients had procedure-related severe complications, such as contrast-induced nephropathy and acute cerebrovascular accident. One patient died due to massive re-bleeding during the follow-up period. Conclusion: Computerized tomography-angiography is a successful imaging method to reveal the location and cause of bleeding. Endovascular treatment of acute-massive head and neck bleeding is an effective and life-saver treatment option that can be used successfully with relatively low-risk potential.