Which lab tests are performed in the evaluation of atherosclerotic disease of the carotid artery?

Updated: Oct 04, 2018
  • Author: Jake F Hemingway, MD; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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Laboratory studies to be considered in the workup of carotid atherosclerosis include the following:

  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Electrolytes, blood urea nitrogen (BUN), and creatinine
  • Lipid profile
  • Prothrombin time (PT) and activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) - Heparin is administered during carotid endarterectomy (CEA), and knowing the PT or aPTT preoperatively is important

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