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Minerva Cardioangiol. 2006 Jun;54(3):383-6.

Duplex scanning on admission prevents unnecessary carotid endarterectomies.

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Istituto Policlinico San Donato, 1st Unit of Vascular Surgery, School of Vascular Surgery University of Milan, Milan, Italy. hdlns@freemail.gr

Abstract

AIM:

This retrospective single Institution study, aims to evaluate the performance of duplex scanning on admission of patients with carotid artery disease to avoid unnecessary carotid endarterectomies.

METHODS:

From 1 January 1997 until 31 Decem-ber 2004, 1 504 patients were admitted to our Institution to undergo carotid endarterectomy. A duplex scan on admission was performed in all of them.

RESULTS:

A total of 1 369 from these patients (91%) underwent surgery, while 135 (9%) were dismissed because there was no indication for surgical treatment. They were put in conservative treatment and periodic duplex control appointments.

CONCLUSIONS:

In 9% of the patients, unnecessary carotid endarterectomy was avoided.

PMID:
16733513
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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