Intimal-medial thickness and carotid arteries lumen in irradiated patients for head and neck cancer: Preliminary data of an observational study

M. Faruolo, A. Fiorentino, G. Gallucci, L. Lapadula, V. Fusco

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Abstract

Objectives: To investigate the effect of external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) for head and neck cancer (HNC) the intimal-medial thickness (IMT) and the lumen of the carotid artery. Methods: Patients with HNC and an indication for EBRT were enrolled. A carotid artery color Doppler examination was performed before and 6 and 12 months after EBRT. Results: From 2008 to 2011, 50 patients were enrolled. The mean carotid IMT was 0.9 vs. 1.02 mm before and 6 months after EBRT, respectively (p = 0.0001). The common carotid artery lumen was narrowed without statistical significance, 6 months after EBRT (p = 0.3). 1 year from EBRT, the IMT increase and the lumen reduction were statistically significant (p = 0.001, p = 0.01, respectively). Neurological events (stroke or TIA) were not observed. Conclusions: Our data showed a significant IMT increase 6 months from EBRT without a corresponding narrowing of the common carotid lumen while a significant increase 12 months after EBRT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)861-864
Number of pages4
JournalClinical and Translational Oncology
Volume15
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2013

Keywords

  • Carotid artery
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Radiation
  • Ultrasonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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