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ISRN Vascular Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 984178, 7 pages
Clinical Study

Periprocedural Thromboembolic Events Associated with Angioplasty and Stenting of the Extra- and Intracranial Carotid Artery Assessed by Neurological Status and Diffusion-Weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging (DWI)

1Clinic for Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology Saarland, University Hospital, 66421 Homburg, Germany
2Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology, University Hospital Basel, 4031 Basle, Switzerland

Received 27 July 2012; Accepted 24 August 2012

Academic Editors: F. C. Barone, A. Shaish, and A. Suzuki

Copyright © 2012 Frank Ahlhelm et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. The purpose of this study was to determine the frequency of thromboembolic events associated with angioplasty and stenting of the carotid artery with special regard to extra- or intracranial localization of stenosis. Methods. Twenty patients with symptomatic intracranial or extracranial internal carotid artery stenosis were treated with stenting and/or angioplasty. In 4 patients stenting was technically not feasible (all in the group with intracranial stenosis). All patients underwent diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and neurological examination within 48 hours before and after the procedure to detect periprocedural thrombembolic events. Results. Extracranial carotid angioplasty and stenting (eCAS) was technically feasible and successfull without procedure-related neurological complications in all cases. Intracranial stenting (iCAS) was not feasible in four cases including one patient with a fateful course. Concerning the restoration of the vessel diameter intracranial stenting was not as successful as eCAS, but more effective than balloon angioplasty alone. Incidence of thrombembolic events assessed by DWI was low. The detected periprocedural thrombembolic events were small and clinically silent. Conclusion. The risk of thromboembolic events during the endovascular treatment of symptomatic carotid artery stenosis was rather low for intra- and extracranial stenosis of the ICA in our patient sample, but one fatal course was observed.