Carotid artery stenting in patients with high-risk anatomy for carotid endarterectomy

G. Dangas, Jr Laird J.R., R. Mehran, L. F. Satler, A. J. Lansky, G. Mintz, L. H. Monsein, R. Laureno, M. B. Leon

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Purpose: To report the results of carotid artery stenting (CAS) in patients considered to have high-risk anatomical characteristics for carotid endarterectomy. Methods: CAS was performed in 39 carotid arteries of 37 consecutive patients (26 men; mean age 72 ± 8 years, range 56-88) who met the criteria for high-risk surgical anatomy: previous ipsilateral carotid endarterectomy (20/39, 51.3%), common carotid bifurcation above the mandibular angle (5/39, 12.8%), contralateral carotid artery occlusion (15/39, 38.5%), or previous radiation therapy to the neck (1/39, 2.6%). Palmaz, Integra, or Wallstents were deployed via a percutaneous femoral artery access. Independent neurological evaluation was performed at specified time points, and a dedicated committee adjudicated all clinical events. Results: Procedural success was 100%, with no major in-hospital complications. Neurological events were rare. Only 1 (2.6%) transient ischemic attack occurred prior to discharge; at 30 days, 1 (2.6%) additional minor stroke had been observed, giving a 2.6% cumulative 30-day "death plus any stroke" rate. Over a mean 11 ± 6-month follow-up, 2 (5.4%) patients died of nonneurological causes, but there were no strokes. Conclusions: CAS is a viable endovascular revascularization technique that can be performed safely and effectively in patients with high-risk anatomy for carotid endarterectomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-43
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Endovascular Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Angioplasty
  • Carotid artery
  • Integra
  • Occlusive disease
  • Palmaz
  • Stroke
  • Wallstent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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