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THE JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
Rivista di Chirurgia Cardiaca, Vascolare e Toracica
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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2005 April;46(2):177-9
Venous bypass of complicated stent placement for recurrent extracranial carotid occlusive disease
Wright B. B., Mathisen J., Dobrilovic N., Wright K., Obial R., Fannin E.
Department of Surgery The Jewish Hospital, Cincinnati, OH, USA
Aim of the study was to to demonstrate a useful solution to carotid angioplasty and stent complications. A 67 year old male had uncomplicated left carotid endarterectomies in 1985 and 1986. A left distal common carotid angioplasty and stent in 1999 was complicated by stenosis. In 2000 a left common carotid bypass from the lower common carotid to the distal internal carotid well above the stent was performed, yielding retrograde filling of the external carotid, distal antegrade filling of the internal carotid, and widely patent vessels in subsequent Doppler studies. He is currently doing well clinically with no recurrent stenosis. In conclusion a second redo carotid operation was deferred in favor of angioplasty and stent, which had complications. Despite prior operations the only difficulty with the reoperation was obtaining control of the distal internal carotid above the stent. The strategy demonstrated here will be useful to correct complications of carotid angioplasty and stenting.