Yang Qiao, Yi Jonathan Zhang, Samuel Tsappidi, Tej I Mehta, Ferdinand K Hui

Direct superficial temporal artery access for middle meningeal artery embolization

  • General Medicine

Middle meningeal artery embolization has become an important option in the management of subdural hemorrhages with multiple prospective studies demonstrating efficacy and randomized controlled trial data on the way. Access to the middle meningeal artery is usually achieved via the external carotid artery to the internal maxillary artery, then the middle meningeal artery. We report a case where a patient with symptomatic left-sided chronic subdural hemorrhage also had an external carotid artery occlusion. Direct puncture of the superficial temporal artery allowed retrograde access to the internal maxillary artery and thus the middle meningeal artery. Successful embolization of the vessel with 1:9 nBCA was performed with near total resorption of the subdural collection by 1 month postprocedure.

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