What is the role of arteriography in the workup 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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Aortic arch and carotid arteriography was used in the North American Symptomatic Carotid Endarterectomy Trial (NASCET) to evaluate the percentage of stenosis. The diameter of the narrowest portion of the lesion is divided by the normal internal carotid artery diameter distal to the lesion. This procedure may be associated with a 1-2% risk of stroke.

Arteriogram of carotid stenosis. Arteriogram of carotid stenosis.

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