Delayed Carotid Dissection Following Lower Lip Revascularization in the Setting of Hyoid Fracture—A Case Report and Review of the Literature

 

Traumatic injuries to the lip are common, but injuries that require revascularization of the lower lip are infrequent and pose a major challenge to the reconstructive surgeon. This report describes the case of a 53-year-old woman who sustained a lower lip avulsion injury, a comminuted mandibular parasymphyseal fracture, and a hyoid bone fracture secondary to a bicycle accident. Trauma workup included computed tomographic angiography of the head and neck, which did not show vascular injury. Despite successful revascularization of the lower lip, on postoperative day 11 the patient developed a large internal carotid artery dissection and middle cerebral artery stroke. This case highlights the importance of careful postoperative monitoring after high-energy facial trauma, particularly in the setting of vascular and bony injuries. 2016 American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

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