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September 1984

Stenosis Following Carotid Endarterectomy: Its Implication in Management of Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Vascular Surgery, St James's Hospital, Dublin.

Arch Surg. 1984;119(9):1033-1035. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1984.01390210037009

• Carotid endarterectomy is established in the treatment of atherosclerosis of the carotid bifurcation, but the incidence of restenosis and the role of endarterectomy in the management of asymptomatic carotid stenosis are variable. During a fouryear period, we performed 80 endarterectomies of the internal carotid artery in 73 patients. Patients were prospectively studied by means of Doppler ultrasonography in combination with real-time spectral analysis to determine the incidence of restenosis postoperatively. A concomitant study of 116 patients with 79 asymptomatic carotid stenoses was undertaken. We found a 12.5% incidence of stenosis following carotid endarterectomy and a 3% risk of transient neurologic deficit in the patients with asymptomatic carotid stenoses.

(Arch Surg 1984;119:1033-1035)

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