Ocular Manifestations Of Carotid Cavernous Fistula and Clinical Outcome After Management

  • Dr. Sirisha Gantela MS Ophthalmology Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, NRI Medical College and General Hospital, Chinnakakani, Guntur Dist, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Dr. N. Lakshmi Chowdary MS Ophthalmology Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, NRI Medical College and General Hospital, Chinnakakani, Guntur Dist, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Dr. M. Satyanarayana MD DM Neuroradiology Interventional radiologist Associate professor, Department of Radiology, NRI Medical College and General Hospital, Chinnakakani, Guntur Dist, Andhra Pradesh, India
Keywords: Carotid Cavernous Fistula, Digital Subtraction Angiography, Endovascular management, Manual Carotid Compression, Proptosis


Aim: The purpose of the study is to report the ocular manifestations of Carotid cavernous fistula. To confirm the diagnosis by radiological investigations and to evaluate the clinical outcome after management.

Materials and Methods: Patients who presented to the ophthalmology department with signs and symptoms of carotid-cavernous fistula were evaluated by clinical examination followed by radiological investigations like ultrasound, Doppler, CT scan and MRI. They later underwent DSA ( Digital Subtraction Angiography) for confirmation followed by definitive treatment. Eight cases of CCF were included in the study. Four cases were indirect type and four cases were the direct type of fistulas. Five were females and three were males. The average age was 49years (from 27-69 years).

Results: Out of four patients who had direct CCF, three cases were managed by endovascular embolization of the parent artery. The remaining one case was conservatively managed by carotid massage as it was a low flow fistula and the patient also had Parkinson’s disease. Four cases that had indirect CCF were managed by carotid massage. Complete closure of the fistula is seen in all cases. Patients were followed up for 1 month, 3 months and 6 months and clinical outcome was evaluated. Review scans were done in all the cases to see for complete closure of the fistula. Doppler showed reduced size or calibre of the Superior ophthalmic vein. Follow up Angiogram showed thrombosis of the fistulous communication.

Conclusion: CCF should be suspected in the presence of arteriolised conjunctival vessels, proptosis and audible bruit. Diagnosis is by radiological tests like ultrasonography, Doppler, CT scan and MRI. The confirmatory test is digital subtraction angiography (DSA). Direct CCF is effectively treated with endovascular therapy by coiling the fistula and indirect CCF is managed by manual compression. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent sight-threatening complications.


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DOI: 10.17511/jooo.2021.i03.01
Published: 2021-08-07
How to Cite
Dr. Sirisha Gantela, Dr. N. Lakshmi Chowdary, & Dr. M. Satyanarayana. (2021). Ocular Manifestations Of Carotid Cavernous Fistula and Clinical Outcome After Management. Tropical Journal of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, 6(3), 40-45. https://doi.org/10.17511/jooo.2021.i03.01
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