Duplex scanning on admission prevents unnecessary carotid endarterectomies

I. Dalainas, G. Nano, R. Casana, P. Bianchi, S. Stegher, G. Malacrida, D. G. Tealdi

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Aim. This retrospective single Institution study, aims to evaluate the performance of duplex scanning on admission of patients with carotid artery disease to avoid unnecessary carotid endarterectomies. Methods. From 1 January 1997 until 31 December 2004, 1 504 patients were admitted to our Institution to undergo carotid endarterectomy. A duplex scan on admission was performed in all of them. Results. A total of 1 369 from these patients (91%) underwent surgery, while 135 (9%) were dismissed because there was no indication for surgical treatment. They were put in conservative treatment and periodic duplex control appointments. Conclusion. In 9% of the patients, unnecessary carotid endarterectomy was avoided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-386
Number of pages4
JournalMinerva Cardioangiologica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006


  • Angiography
  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Ultrasonography, Doppler, Duplex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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