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January 2003

Image of the Month—Quiz Case

Author Affiliations

From the Cardiac and Vascular Surgery Center, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, Tallahassee, Fla.



Arch Surg. 2003;138(1):109. doi:10.1001/archsurg.138.1.109

A HEALTHY 72-YEAR-OLD woman was referred to a vascular surgeon after a carotid duplex scan demonstrated elevated velocities in her left internal carotid artery, consistent with an 80% to 99% stenosis. Questioning revealed an absence of symptoms such as extremity numbness or tingling, dysarthria, or amaurosis fugax. She was nonhypertensive and had never used tobacco products. Furthermore, her lipid and serum creatinine levels were within normal range, and there was no family history of atherosclerotic disease. The primary care physician gave her a regimen of one aspirin per day.

Because of the discrepancy between her duplex findings and the lack of atherosclerotic risk factors, a carotid arteriogram was performed (Figure 1).

What Is the Most Appropriate Therapy for This Patient?

A. Schedule carotid endarterectomy

B. Continue antiplatelet therapy and observation

C. Perform percutaneous dilatation of all affected arteries

D. Perform surgical graduated dilatation of stenotic carotid artery Article

Corresponding author: Ruth L. Bush, MD, Cardiac and Vascular Surgery Center, 1405 Centerville Rd, Suite 5000, Tallahassee, FL 32308 (e-mail: