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Carotid blowout syndrome (CBS) is a rare complication following resection of head and neck cancers, especially after re-irradiation for a recurrent tumor, and is associated with very high mortality (15–100%).1
Our patient with squamous cell cancer of the tongue had undergone glossectomy and left radical neck dissection, followed by radiation. Six months after radiation, the patient had radiation necrosis of the overlying myofascial muscle flap. The carotid artery did not have any healthy …
Contributors GK: conceived the idea and wrote the first draft. AS, CDG: revised and edited the draft.
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