Intrasphenoid mycotic aneurysm of the internal carotid artery

ArticleinOtolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery 128(6):887-90 · July 2003with4 Reads
DOI: 10.1016/S0194-5998(03)00357-7 · Source: PubMed
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