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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can carotid artery stenosis cause sciatica?

4 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
No: There are arterial conditions in your legs that can cause leg pain similar to sciatica in some cases. Your carotid artery in your neck is too far removed from your legs to affect them in this way. Vascular disease in your carotid artery however may suggest vascular problems elsewhere such as your legs. You can be assessed by lumbar MRI and vascular assessment of your legs to assess leg pain.
Dr. Michael Rimlawi
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
P.A.D: Vascular disease causes hardening of the arteries which can turn cause leg pain and mimick nerve impingement or radiculopathy down the legs. If you have not, please contact your cardiologist to check for peripheral arterial disease (pad). If you do not have one, contact your family or internal medicine doctor.
Dr. Joseph Gemmete
29 years experience
No: Sciatic is a peripheral neuropathy caused by compression on sciatic nerve. Carotid stenosis causes a TIA or stroke.
Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Different anatomy
Apr 21, 2013
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 18 years experience
No: It can't cause sciatica.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

What causes carotid artery stenosis?

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Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Atherosclerosis: Usually it is the result of the build up of atherosclerotic plaques over time due to the buildup of cholesterol.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Who gets carotid artery stenosis?

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Dr. Brian Fishman
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Emergency Medicine 10 years experience
Elderly Hypertensive: Carotid stenosis usually occurs secondary to longstanding atherosclerosis. Risk factors include high blood pressure, diabetes, and coronary artery disease. It takes time for atherosclerotic plaques to develop, so most patients with carotid artery stenosis are older adults.
Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional 34 years experience
Check out stroke.org for good info
Oct 1, 2012
A 21-year-old member asked:

How is carotid artery stenosis diagnosed?

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Family Medicine 52 years experience
Carotid stenosis: Presence of carotid bruit and carotid ultrasound.
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Are there meds for carotid artery stenosis?

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Family Medicine 52 years experience
Carotid stenosis: None, carotid endarterectomy is indicated if stenosis is more than 50-75 % obstructed and patient is symptomatic.

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