We present a case report of a patient with a history of aggressive thyroid cancer managed by surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation to the neck. A year later, he presented with hemoptysis. Endobronchial ultrasound showed a pulsatile vessel; however, a CT scan and conventional angiogram were negative. Three days later, a repeat angiogram revealed a pseudoaneurysm arising from the right common carotid artery. Carotid sacrifice was performed after passing balloon test occlusion. Three years later the patient presented with coil herniation into the trachea. The carotid stump was closed with a vascular plug to prevent rebleeding from coil removal. Four months later the patient experienced an intractable cough and underwent laryngoscopy-assisted removal of the residual coil mass. This case report discusses the rare scenario of a carotid blowout into the trachea and the subsequent course of events.
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Contributors AA: Study concept, manuscript writing and revision. KP: Manuscript writing and revision. AM: Study concept, manuscript writing and revision. MZ: Manuscript writing and revision. HG: Manuscript writing and revision. MC: Manuscript writing and revision. SRC: Study concept, manuscript writing and revision.
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