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Interv Neurol. 2018 Apr;7(5):233-240. doi: 10.1159/000486537. Epub 2018 Feb 22.

Carotid Stenting for Treatment of Symptomatic Carotid Webs: A Single-Center Case Series.

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Joint Department of Medical Imaging, Toronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

Background and Purpose:

Carotid webs are an increasingly recognized cause of acute is-chemic stroke, particularly in younger adults. The optimal medical and surgical strategies for managing these lesions have not been well established. We report a single-center case series of carotid stenting for treatment of symptomatic carotid webs.

Materials and Methods:

Consecutive patients undergoing stent placement for treatment of symptomatic carotid webs were included. Carotid webs were defined as a thin intraluminal filling defect along the posterior wall of the carotid bulb just beyond the carotid bifurcation on CTA. Data were collected on demographic characteristics, antiplatelet management, clinical presentation, imaging findings, treatment characteristics, complications, and stroke recurrence rates. Descriptive statistics are reported.

Results:

A total of 4 patients were treated. Their mean age was 44 years (range 30-50). Three patients were female and 1 was male. All patients were symptomatic presenting with ipsilateral transient ischemic attacks or stroke. Patients were placed on dual antiplatelet therapy with ticagrelor and aspirin prior to the procedure. There were no ischemic or hemorrhagic complications. Three patients had postoperative bradycardia, 1 of whom required atropine immediately following stenting. No patients had recurrent ischemic events.

Conclusions:

Stent placement for treatment of carotid webs can be performed safely. Further studies are needed to confirm our findings.

KEYWORDS:

Carotid artery disease; Stent; Stroke

PMID:
29765392
PMCID:
PMC5939846
[Available on 2019-04-01]
DOI:
10.1159/000486537
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