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My internal carotid artery spasms at siphon causing me to have tia's. Is there a way to stop the spasms, which will stop the tia's. I can have 5 a day?
Carotid arteries: This seems a worrisome issue. How was it determined specifically? Please discuss this fully with your physicin or consult a vascular specialist. ...Read more
Siphon / Anti-siphon: No, all shunts do not have anti-siphon valves and there still remains some controversy as to whether they make a difference. In theory as you rise from recumbent or seated positions the shunt will "siphon" because of the sudden pressure change with elevation. These devices are supposed to prevent that and thus avoid over shunting, ie, draining too much fluid with resulting disturbances. ...Read more
Does a CT show how much plaque is present in the carotid siphons? Or do I need to do further tests
A recent CT head scan (no contrast) showed calcified carotid siphons, should I have further tests done?
Yes: If you have intracranial calcifIc arterial disease, you may also have extracranial calcific arterial disease. A carotid ultrasound would be a good idea. Also a cardiovascular calcium scan. If your brain arteries are looking bad, your heart arteries could also. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hello I fell off my bike and had a CT scan. Everything was OK. However the scan showed I have calcification of the carotid siphons. Is this bad?
Explanation: This is the accidental findings that not correlated with any clinical symptoms, what happens in your case. No need further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
CT scan following Afib episode and due to migraine- showed no bleeds but calcified carotid siphons. next step? ultrasound? on Xarelto already. Thanks
Possible: It is possible to develop a stroke during carotid stent placement (~ 4% in optimal patients). However the carotid stent is effective at preventing further strokes and that is why they are placed. At this point carotid stents are reserved for patients who are at high risk for open carotid endarterectomy (surgery). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers