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A Journal on Heart and Vascular Diseases

Official Journal of the Italian Society of Angiology and Vascular Pathology
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Minerva Cardioangiologica 2006 June;54(3):383-6

language: English

A case of Kearns-Sayre sindrome with autoimmune thyroiditis and complete atrio-ventricular block

Berio A., Piazzi A.

Istituto Policlinico San Donato 1st Unit of Vascular Surgery School of Vascular Surgery University of Milan, Milan, Italy


Aim. This retrospective single Institution study, aims to evaluate the performance of duplex scanning on admission of patients with carotid artery disease to avoid unnecessary carotid endarterectomies.
Methods. From 1 January 1997 until 31 Decem-ber 2004, 1 504 patients were admitted to our Institution to undergo carotid endarterectomy. A duplex scan on admission was performed in all of them.
Results. A total of 1 369 from these patients (91%) underwent surgery, while 135 (9%) were dismissed because there was no indication for surgical treatment. They were put in conservative treatment and periodic duplex control appointments.
Conclusion. In 9% of the patients, unnecessary carotid endarterectomy was avoided.

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