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October 14, 1998

Outcomes After Carotid Endarterectomy

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;280(14):1228-1229. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-14-jbk1014

To the Editor.—In discussing the results of their recent study on carotid endarterectomy (CE) outcomes among Medicare beneficiaries in Ohio, Dr Cebul and colleagues1 state that for asymptomatic patients, the complication rates obtained in their study "compare favorably with both the results from ACAS [Asymptomatic Carotid Atherosclerosis Study] and published guidelines for maximal acceptable complication rates." Their own data would appear to contradict this statement.

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