CAROTID ENDARTERECTOMY FOR ASYMPTOMATIC AND SYMPTOMATIC STENOSIS

Larry B. Goldstein Stroke Prevention p. 61-76 August 2005, Vol.11, No.4 doi: 10.1212/01.CON.0000293704.38711.22
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Extracranial carotid artery stenosis represents one of the potentially treatable causes of ischemic stroke. In addition to general risk factor management, carotid endarterectomy provides a specific prophylactic intervention aimed at decreasing the risk of stroke related to carotid artery disease. The potential benefit of the procedure is dependent on several factors, including the patient's symptom status. A basic knowledge of cerebrovascular anatomy is required to correctly interpret the symptoms and signs of carotid disease. Knowledge of test characteristics is necessary for determining an appropriate evaluation strategy, and an understanding of data regarding the benefits and risks of the procedure relevant to a specific patient is critical when deciding whether to recommend the procedure.

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