Hungarian Radiology

[Stroke prevention: Experience with endovascular therapy of carotid artery stenosis]

SZENTGYÖRGYI Réka, VÖRÖS Erika, PÓCSIK Anna, MAKAI Attila, BARZÓ Pál, SZTRIHA László, SZIKRA Péter, PALKÓ András

JANUARY 20, 2003

Hungarian Radiology - 2003;77(01)

[INTRODUCTION - Carotid artery stenting as an alternative to carotid endarterectomy is still not accepted by many Hungarian vascular surgeons. The purpose of our study was to prove that carotid artery stenting is effective in the treatment of primary atherosclerotic lesions and it carries a low risk of complications. PATIENTS AND METHODS - 149 patients (86 men, 63 women, 33-82 years old, mean age 57.5 years) were evaluated angiographically. 146 primary atherosclerotic lesions, and 8 post-endarterectomy restenoses were considered for carotid artery stenting. All patients had significant, over 60% stenosis according to NASCET criteria. Atherosclerotic plaques were classified as smooth, irregular and ulcerated. Subtotal occlusions (stenoses over 95%) were noted. The necessity of pre- or postdilation and the types of stent used were registered. Procedural success and periprocedural complication rates were noted. Followup colour Doppler sonography was performed at 1, 6 and 12 months. RESULTS - Subtotal occlusions were detected in 28% of the lesions. Procedural success rate was 149/150 (99%). Stenting was carried out in 86% with Monorail Carotid Wallstent. Predilation or use of protecting device was avoided in 96%. Postdilation was avoided in 6 cases of ulcerated plaques to prevent distal embolisation. Residual stenosis was always less than 30%. Stroke occured in 2.6%, TIA in 0.7%. Two of our patients developed restenosis. CONCLUSION - Carotid artery stenting is a safe alternative to carotid endarterectomy for most patients with primary atherosclerotic stenosis, as it can be carried out with clinical complication rate as low as published in the ACAS.]

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