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Cerebrovasc Dis. 2010 Aug;30(3):297-301. doi: 10.1159/000319073. Epub 2010 Jul 23.

Postoperative neurological deficit after carotid endarterectomy: a mid-term outcome analysis.

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  • 1Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Ruprecht-Karl University Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany.

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  • Cerebrovasc Dis. 2011;31(1):106. Jenetzky, E [added].



To evaluate the neurological outcome of postoperative neurological deficit (PND) in patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy (CEA).


A total of 3.7% (n = 48) out of 1,290 consecutive patients developed PND and were assessed neurologically after a mid-term follow-up.


After a 4-year follow-up, these patients were neurologically reevaluated. Clinical assessment revealed that 48% (n = 13) of the patients had a Rankin scale score of 0 or 1, 56% (n = 14) had a National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score of 0 or 1, and 68.5% (n = 17) reached the maximum score on the Barthel index.


The neurofunctional prognosis of PND is good. Four years after CEA, almost half of the patients had normal or near-normal neuroclinical findings.

Copyright 2010 S. Karger AG, Basel.

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