Journal article

Operative Factors Associated with the Development of New Brain Lesions During Awake Carotid Endarterectomy

VC Bourke, BM Bourke, CB Beiles

European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery | W B SAUNDERS CO LTD | Published : 2016


OBJECTIVES: The aim was to analyse a prospective, consecutive series of awake carotid endarterectomy (CEA) patients undergoing, when possible, pre- and postoperative diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging brain scans (DWI). METHODS: All CEA patients from June 23, 2006, to January 13, 2012, were prospectively entered in the study. CEA was performed under regional cervical block. Only patients demonstrating shunt dependence were shunted. Before August 7, 2008, all longitudinal endarterectomy had been performed with a vein patch. From that date all CEA were eversions without a patch, except shunted patients who were vein patched. DWI was performed 2 days before and 5 days after (3 Tesla)..

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