Safety of carotid endarterectomy while on clopidogrel (Plavix). Clinical article.

  title={Safety of carotid endarterectomy while on clopidogrel (Plavix). Clinical article.},
  author={Scott D. Wait and Adib Adnan Abla and Brendan D. Killory and Robert M Starke and Robert F. Spetzler and Peter Nakaji},
  journal={Journal of neurosurgery},
  volume={113 4},
OBJECT Many patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy (CEA) regularly take clopidogrel, a permanent platelet inhibitor. The authors sought to determine whether taking clopidogrel in the period before CEA leads to more bleeding or other complications. METHODS The authors performed a retrospective, institutional review board–approved review of 182 consecutive patients who underwent CEA. Clinical, radiographic, and surgical data were gleaned from hospital and clinic records. Analysis was based… CONTINUE READING


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