When is CEA contraindicated for the treatment 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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Answer

Contraindications for CEA include the following:

  • Patients with a severe neurologic deficit after a cerebral infarction
  • Patients with an occluded carotid artery
  • Concurrent medical illness that would significantly limit the patient’s life expectancy

For the indications listed above, medical management was found to be inferior to CEA.


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