[Endarterectomy should not be offered routinely to patients with asymptomatic carotid stenosis].

@article{Nederkoorn2006EndarterectomySN,
  title={[Endarterectomy should not be offered routinely to patients with asymptomatic carotid stenosis].},
  author={Paul H. J. Nederkoorn and J. Van Stam},
  journal={Nederlands tijdschrift voor geneeskunde},
  year={2006},
  volume={150 41},
  pages={2259}
}
A recent trial revealed a reduction in ischaemic infarcts after carotid endarterectomy in patients with asymptomatic carotid stenosis. However, the number needed to treat (NNT) was 19 to prevent one stroke in 5 years, a modest effect in comparison to the trials with symptomatic patients (a NNT of only 6 in patients with a symptomatic stenosis of 70-99… CONTINUE READING