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Minerva Cardioangiologica 2003 June;51(3):329-36

language: Italian

Carotid-carotid bypass. Indications and results

Irace L., Martinelli O., Stumpo R., Trenti E., Fornasin F. R., Laurito A., Benedetti-Valentini M., Iocca M. L., Dionisi C. P., Benedetti-Valentini F.


Aim. The aim of this study is to evaluate the indications for a carotid-carotid bypass and its therapeutic efficacy.
Methods. Between January 1995 and December 2001, 42 out of 782 patients with obstructive lesions of carotid vessels were submitted to carotid-carotid bypass. Preoperative investigations included Duplex scanning, transcranial Doppler and cerebral CT in all the patients, angiography in 24, spiral CT in 8, MR angiography in 6. Carotid bypass was planned pre-operatively in 13 cases due to internal carotid occlusion in 4, to pseudo-occlusion in 8 and to restenosis in 1. In the remaining 29, due to a too thin residual wall or to the lack of a good clivage plane, a carotid bypass was planned intraoperatively. A PTFE graft was employed in 30 cases while the autologous saphenous vein in 12.
Four patients were lost in a 12-80-month follow-up. No intra or postoperative mortality was recorded.
Results. Three patients died during the follow-up. In 1 patient the death followed an ischemic stroke due to bypass occlusion. Four bypasses became occluded, in 3 cases without clinical signs. Eight patients suffered by transient superior laryngeal nerve iniury.
Conclusions. Carotid bypass, as an alternative to CEA, provides good results in the treatment of the patients with carotid stenosis, pseudo-occlusion or segmental occlusion. In most of the cases the surgical technique is planned intraoperatively but in selected cases angiographic findings, spiral CT and color flow duplex can suggest in the preoperative phase that carotid bypass is the best choice.

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