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October 17, 1980

Convulsions After Carotid Endarterectomy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neurology (Drs Wilkinson and Adams), and the Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Department of Surgery (Dr Wright), University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City.

JAMA. 1980;244(16):1827-1828. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310160043025

Convulsions have not been emphasized as a possible complication of carotid endarterectomy. We describe here three patients in whom seizures with a focal component developed postoperatively. We suspect that the convulsions were secondary to a cerebral embolus arising from the operative site. An unstable preoperative neurological status is not a prerequisite for this complication.

(JAMA 244:1827-1828, 1980)