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Stroke. 1996 Nov;27(11):2075-9.

Angioplasty and stenting for restenosis after carotid endarterectomy. Initial experience.

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Saint Joseph's Stroke Institute, Atlanta Cardiology Group, GA 30342, USA.



Endarterectomy for recurrent carotid stenosis after endarterectomy has a significantly higher complication rate than the original operation. Angioplasty and stenting may offer a useful alternative treatment for these patients.


Between September 1994 and April 1996, 22 patients had 25 carotid arteries treated with angioplasty and stenting for postendarterectomy restenosis. All patients had an independent neurological examination and National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale evaluation before and after the procedure. Patients were treated with aspirin and ticlopidine. All patients were requested to return at 6 months for follow-up angiography. The mean patient age was 69 +/- 7 years, and the mean elapsed time from endarterectomy was 73 +/- 69 months. Seventy-seven percent of the patients were symptomatic.


Mean stenosis was reduced from 79 +/- 13% before the procedure to 1.8 +/- 3.6% after stenting. One patient had a minor stroke, for a complication rate of 4% per treated artery. In the eight patients who returned for 6-month angiography, mean stenosis was 19.4 +/- 4.4% and restenosis (> or = 50% stenosis) did not occur.


In a small series, angioplasty and stenting appear to be safe and well tolerated for the treatment of postendarterectomy restenosis.

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