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Carotid Endarterectomy

What is carotid endarterectomy?

Carotid endarterectomy is the treatment of choice for most patients with critical carotid stenosis. Carotid endarterectomy is a procedure used to remove plaque and clots from the internal carotid arteries (located in the neck) and re-establish uninterrupted blood flow to the brain.

Endarterectomy may help prevent a stroke from occurring in persons with symptoms with a carotid artery narrowing. Selected patients without symptoms may also be candidates for carotid endarterectomy.

Johns Hopkins has among the best results in the country for surgery for carotid stenosis, with a published rate of 0.8% mortality and 1.8% morbidity.

Selective vs. Routine Intraoperative Shunting during Carotid EndarterectomyRead an article by Drs Judy Huang and Rafael Tamargo on Selective vs. Routine Intraoperative Shunting during Carotid Endarterectomy.

For more information, contact the Johns Hopkins Cerebrovascular Center at 410-955-2228.


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