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Carotid Cavernous Fistula
A carotid cavernous fistula is an abnormal connection between the blood vessels in the brain. Blood can leak into the sinus cavity and destroy sensitive, surrounding tissue if a blood vessel bursts. Trauma, aneurysm or vascular disease can create a carotid cavernous fistula. Symptoms include bulging eye, deteriorating vision and ringing in the ears.
Best in Care
The AdventHealth Neuroscience Institute is a state-of-the-art facility for adults and children affected by carotid cavernous fistula. We specialize in minimally invasive treatments, including interventional neuroradiology (INR), a new procedure available at just a few medical centers in the country. INR allows our neurosurgeons to view real-time, 3-D images of the surgical area, and perform the entire operation through an endoscope – a tube – so that an incision in the head and brain tissue is not needed. These advanced techniques minimize damage to surrounding tissue and result in less scarring and pain. Patients also generally recover more quickly.