Effect of carotid endarterectomy on primary collateral blood flow in patients with severe carotid artery lesions.

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE In patients with severe obstruction of the internal carotid artery (ICA), it is recognized that the preoperative failure to visualize collaterals of the circle of Willis increases the risk of hemispheric ischemia before, during, and after carotid endarterectomy (CEA). The purpose of the present study was to assess the effect of CEA on… (More)

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