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Is it possible for a carotid ultrasound to cause a stroke?

Is it possible for a carotid ultrasound to cause a stroke?

Rare: Without question, this complication can occur but is exceedingly rare. It's important to have such studies at a center with extensive experience in ultrasound technique. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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I have to jave a ultrasound of my carotid artery. What would be wrong with carotid if it causes swelling of left sife of neck amd face?

I have to jave a ultrasound of my carotid artery. What would be wrong with carotid if it causes swelling of left sife of neck amd face?

More of a vein prob: The artery takes blood from the heart to the brain, the veins drain the blood from the brain back to the heart. If there is something blocking the return flow (the vein) then the increased pressure in the vein makes some fluid leak into the surrounding tissues. Also, the lymph channels drain down and those can get blocked and cause swelling. Many things can cause this, be sure to get all the tests. ...Read more

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Do carotid stents cause strokes?

Do carotid stents cause strokes?

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 more

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Is it possible for a carotid surgery to cause a stroke?

Is it possible for a carotid surgery to cause a stroke?

Yes: The most common side effect but should happen no more then 2% of the time. My stoke rate is <0.5%. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative drug treatments to Plavix (clopidogrel) for stroke from both Carotid Artery50%Blockages which don't cause adverse effects of GI Bleeding?

Are there any alternative drug treatments to Plavix (clopidogrel) for stroke from both Carotid Artery50%Blockages which don't  cause adverse effects of GI Bleeding?

Not really: All medications used after an ischemic stroke (cholesterol plaque rupture causing an interruption in blood flow) are treated with blood thinners. Some people are more sensitive to certain ones, so if you've had a GI bleed while on Plavix (clopidogrel), (clopidogrel) then talk to your neurologist. Plavix (clopidogrel) is usually the best, but start with aspirin 182 mg daily. If you still have strokes, then Aggrenox is the next step up. ...Read more

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Carotid artery surgery and lack of blood supply to the brain. Could that cause stroke effects?

Carotid artery surgery and lack of blood supply to the brain. Could that cause stroke effects?

Yes. Call Now!: Patients who have had carotid artery surgery definitely have a risk of stroke. The highest risk of stroke is during and immediately after the procedure and is generally quoted at about 2%. If you are experiencing any signs of stroke and have had recent carotid surgery call your surgeon immediately or go to the emergency room. Difficulty speaking or weakness on one side of the body would be the most common complaints. ...Read more

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Can a caratoid ultrasound cause a headache?

Can a caratoid ultrasound cause a headache?

Probably not: I've never heard of that - i guess anything is possible but the exam just entails pressing on your neck so i wouldn't think so. ...Read more

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On r side of neck i've what feels like very swollen tonsilar or corotid lymph node. It shrinks at night. Could it restrict blood flow & cause stroke?

On r side of neck i've what feels like very swollen tonsilar or corotid lymph node.  It shrinks at night. Could it restrict blood flow & cause stroke?

Unlikely: If would be very unusual for a neck mass to get large enough to compress the main artery going through the neck and then lead to a stroke but having said that i would get the mass evaluate by a physician or ENT doctor to rule out any compression issues plus to make a diagnosis of what this mass might be. ...Read more

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What can you detect with a carotid ultrasound?

What can you detect with a carotid ultrasound?

Narrowing: Usually done to look for narrowing (stenosis) of the lumen (open area between the walls where blood flows through the an artery) of the internal and common carotid arteries on both sides (right and left). ...Read more

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How important is it to have carotid ultrasound on both sides?

Very important.: The standard test involves checking both sides. Plaque may be silently building up on one or other side. ...Read more

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