What is surgical carotid endarterectomy (CEA)?

Updated: Oct 24, 2019
  • Author: Sonia Nhieu, MD; Chief Editor: Sheela Pai Cole, MD  more...
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In patients with confirmed high-grade (70-99%) stenosis of the internal carotid artery, surgical carotid endarterectomy (CEA) is highly beneficial and has become the standard surgical treatment. The North American Symptomatic Carotid Endarterectomy Trial (NASCET) found that patients who underwent surgery within 2 weeks after the onset of neurologic deficits had better neurologic outcomes, with a 17% absolute reduction in the risk of ipsilateral stroke at 2 years. [1]


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