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Prevalence of carotid calcification detected on panoramic radiographs in a Saudi population from a training institute in Central Saudi Arabia.
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PMID:  22327759     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of carotid artery calcification as detected on panoramic radiographs in a Saudi population.
METHODS: This cross sectional study was conducted at the College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia between March 2008 and January 2009. Five hundred and fifty-five panoramic radiographs of Saudi patients aged 30 years and above was collected from the patient charts. The panoramic radiographs were examined by 3 trained and calibrated examiners to detect any carotid artery calcification.
RESULTS: Carotid artery calcification was noted in 28 (5%) of the 555 radiographs. Among these, 21 images were obtained from men (3.75%) and 7 from women (1.25%).
CONCLUSION: Dentists should be aware of the techniques to detect carotid artery calcification on the widely used panoramic radiographs. Consequently, information on a life-threatening condition could be provided to the patient, and a precautionary treatment could be suggested.
Authors:
Hamad A Alzoman; Raed I Al-Sadhan; Ziyad H Al-Lahem; Abdullah N Al-Sakaker; Yasser F Al-Fawaz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Saudi medical journal     Volume:  33     ISSN:  0379-5284     ISO Abbreviation:  Saudi Med J     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-02-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7909441     Medline TA:  Saudi Med J     Country:  Saudi Arabia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  177-81     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Periodontics and Community Dentistry, College of Dentistry, PO Box 60169, Riyadh 11545, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Tel. +966 (1) 4676648. Fax. +966 (1) 4679017. E-mail: Halzoman@ksu.edu.sa.
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