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Symptomatic internal carotid thrombosis after carotid endarterectomy.
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PMID:  3509599     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
During a study period from 1977 through 1984, 11 (0.4%) of 2651 patients who had undergone carotid endarterectomy at The Cleveland Clinic had early, symptomatic thrombosis of the internal carotid artery (ICA) and underwent urgent reoperations. With only two exceptions, neurologic deficits occurred after lucid intervals when the patients had recovered from general anesthesia and were discovered within the first 8 hours in three patients, within 8 to 24 hours in five patients, and on the second postoperative day in one patient. Surgical management consisted of thrombectomy alone in two patients, thrombectomy and vein patch angioplasty in eight patients, and thrombectomy of the external carotid artery with ligation of the ICA in a single patient in whom retrograde ICA flow could not be reestablished. Eight (73%) of the 11 patients recovered substantial neurologic function after reoperations, six of whom had complete or nearly complete resolution of their symptoms. One patient (9%) sustained a fatal hemorrhagic cerebral infarction. In a collected series of 41 patients from this study and other reports, prompt surgical treatment of thrombosis occurring after carotid endarterectomy was associated with clinical improvement in 61% of patients and appears to be the preferred approach to this catastrophic complication.
T A Painter; N R Hertzer; P J O'Hara; L P Krajewski; E G Beven
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of vascular surgery     Volume:  5     ISSN:  0741-5214     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Vasc. Surg.     Publication Date:  1987 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-10-06     Completed Date:  1989-10-06     Revised Date:  2012-10-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8407742     Medline TA:  J Vasc Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  445-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Vascular Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, OH 44106.
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MeSH Terms
Carotid Artery Diseases / surgery
Carotid Artery Thrombosis / diagnosis,  etiology*,  surgery
Carotid Artery, Internal
Endarterectomy / adverse effects*
Nervous System Diseases / etiology*
Postoperative Period
Time Factors

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