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Arch Hellen Med, 32(4), July-August 2015, 508-510


The role of brain MRI in a patient undergoing carotid endarterectomy after transient ischemic stroke

M. Stavrou,1 R. Perry,2 A. Ioannou3
1Addenbrookes Hospital, London, United Kingdom,
2National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London, United Kingdom,
3Department of Internal Medicine, Nicosia General Hospital, Nicosia, Cyprus

Transient ischemic attacks cannot be ascribed with confidence to the anterior circulation unless cortical symptoms are described. In the absence of cortical symptoms and in cases of carotid stenosis, carotid endarterectomy should not be recommended. It is suggested that an attempt to image the infarct with magnetic resonance imaging should be made to determine the nature of the carotid stenosis.

Key words: Carotid endarterectomy, Neuroimaging, TIA.

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