Intracranial Pseudoaneurysm Associated With Orbitozygomatic Complex Fracture

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Abstract

Fractures of the orbitozygomatic complex are one of the most common facial fractures encountered by plastic surgeons. Many would consider this to be primarily a cosmetic deformity; however, these injuries can be associated with acute life-threatening complications. Intracranial pseudoaneurysm, although rare, is a well-documented complication of blunt facial trauma, which most plastic surgeons are unaware of. We present the case of a 20-year-old woman who developed an intracranial pseudoaneurysm after blunt facial trauma to illustrate the importance of (1) understanding this rare but highly morbid complication, (2) assessing high-risk patients for pseudoaneurysm, and (3) delaying reconstruction in high-risk patients.

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