Carotid Artery Stenosis Screening

Christoph I. Lee

in 50 Imaging Studies Every Doctor Should Know

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Published in print August 2016 | ISBN: 9780190223700
Published online September 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190223731 | DOI:

Series: Fifty Studies Every Doctor Should Know

Carotid Artery Stenosis Screening

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This chapter, found in the headache section of the book, provides a succinct synopsis of a key study examining the use of ultrasound for carotid artery stenosis screening in asymptomatic adults. This summary outlines the study methodology and design, major results, limitations and criticisms, related studies and additional information, and clinical implications. Researchers reported that there is little evidence that the benefits of carotid endarterectomy, stenting, or intensification of medical therapy outweigh the risks among patients with asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis; the low prevalence of the disease and known harms associated with intervention limit the benefits of screening. In addition to outlining the most salient features of the study, a clinical vignette and imaging example are included in order to provide relevant clinical context.

Chapter.  1158 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Primary Care ; Clinical Radiology

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