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Giornale Italiano di Chirurgia Vascolare 2001 December;8(4):313-8

Copyright © 2002 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English, Italian

The role of ultrasonography in the long-term assessment of internal carotid dissection. A review of the literature and presentation of case reports

Vandone P. L., Albanese S., Mezzetti R., Bortolani E. M.

From the Department of Clinical Surgery II University of Milan, Milan, Italy


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Internal carot­id ­artery dis­sec­tion rep­re­sents the ­most com­mon ­cause of cere­bral ische­mia in ­patients ­under 50. The ­increased num­ber of cas­es ­observed is due to ­progress in diag­nos­tic tech­nol­o­gies. The aim of ­this ­study was to ­assess the ­role of ultra­so­nog­ra­phy in the diag­no­sis and fol­low-up of inter­nal carot­id ­artery dis­sec­tion. The ­authors ana­lyse ­three cas­es ­that are par­tic­u­lar­ly rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the use of ultra­so­nog­ra­phy. Ultrasonography ­plays a pri­mary ­role in the diag­no­sis of inter­nal carot­id ­artery dis­sec­tion, in par­tic­u­lar ­owing to its low ­cost and ­increased avail­abil­ity at Medical Centres, mak­ing it the ­gold stan­dard for the diag­no­sis and fol­low-up of ­this pathol­o­gy.

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