Journal article

Is Doppler ultrasound sufficient as the sole investigation before carotid endarterectomy?

C Lovelock, P Mitchell, J Brown, D Campbell, P Field, M Parsons, SM Davis

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCE | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2003

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Doppler ultrasound (DU) of the extracranial carotid arteries has been advocated as the sole imaging modality in carotid endarterectomy (CE) candidates. However this approach fails to identify patients with potentially significant intracranial disease, at high risk of stroke and death. Therefore, many stroke clinicians recommend angiography after screening DU. We aimed to identify the proportion of cases referred for CE in whom the identification of intracranial disease could have altered management. METHODS: Two neuroradiologists, blinded to the clinical history, reviewed the films of 111 CE candidates, predominantly of Caucasian background, who had undergone carotid ang..

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