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Arteriovenous fistula of the lower lip: case report of combined intravascular and surgical cure. WMJ 2006 Jun;105(4):47-50



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2-s2.0-33745871143   2 Citations


PURPOSE: We describe a patient presenting with a vascular mass of the lower lip with a history of traumatic lip-biting. The lesion was treated with preoperative intravascular embolic therapy and surgical excision.

SUMMARY: Arteriovenous fistula (AVF) of the head and neck are vascular lesions with a single connection between the involved artery and vein. Trauma to the area, often in the distant past, is often seen as the inciting event. We describe a patient with a lower-lip AVF with repeated episodes of lip biting that caused expansion of the mass. The patient underwent preoperative embolic therapy and surgical excision with excellent functional and cosmetic outcome.

CONCLUSION: Arteriovenous fistula of the lower lip can be successfully managed with preservation of lip function and cosmesis through combined intravascular and surgical therapy.

Author List

Martin TJ, Hacein-Bey L, Rhee JS


John S. Rhee MD Chair, Professor in the Otolaryngology department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Arteriovenous Fistula
Combined Modality Therapy
Embolization, Therapeutic
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