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Ultrasound Med Biol. 2012 Feb;38(2):231-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2011.10.025. Epub 2011 Dec 17.

Changes in carotid plaque echogenicity with time since the stroke onset: an early marker of plaque remodeling?

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Department of Neurology and Stroke Center, La Paz University Hospital, Autonoma de Madrid University, IdiPAZ Research Institute, Madrid, Spain.


Carotid plaques undergo histologic changes early after an ischemic stroke. However, the evolution of carotid plaques echolucency after a recent brain ischemia is not well known. A prospective observational study that included consecutive stroke patients and asymptomatic individuals with plaques showing ≥50% stenosis on duplex ultrasound was conducted. Plaque echogenicity was measured with the standardized gray-scale median (GSM) and compared with respect to symptoms presence and time from stroke onset. One hundred twenty-six carotid plaques in 124 patients were studied and four groups of plaques were analyzed: (1) plaques seen within 24 h of stroke onset (32); (2) between 1-7 days (50); (3) more than 7 days after stroke onset (22) and; (4) plaques without associated symptoms (22). Plaques of group 1 had less echogenicity than those of groups 2-4: median GSM (interquartile range) 14 (16), 19.5 (19), 22.5 (21), 26.5 (16) respectively (p = 0.001). In conclusion, carotid plaque echogenicity is increased with time from stroke onset and could be an early marker of plaque remodeling.

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