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J R Soc Med. 1995 January; 88(1): 50P–51P.
PMCID: PMC1295080

False aneurysm of the carotid artery.


Vascular injury following penetrating neck trauma may be present despite a lack of clinical signs. Management of wounds deep to platysma should include a high level of suspicion and thorough investigation to exclude these 'silent' vascular injuries. This may prevent serious late complications.

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