The reliability of clinical predictors of extracranial artery disease.
The records of 628 patients admitted to the Joint Study of Extracranial Arterial Occlusion with transient symptoms of carotid system ischemic disease were examined to determine the accuracy of predicting disease of the extracranial internal carotid artery on the basis of clinical information alone. A patient with a history of episodes of amaurosis fugax is more likely to have a lesion of the internal carotid artery on the same side than if he were having only transient cerebral ischemic attacks. In patients with transient symptoms and a carotid bruit on the appropriate side, the incidence of an angiographically normal carotid artery was 15%. In those patients with transient symptoms and no palpable pulsation in the cervical region on the appropirate side, the incidence of an angiographically normal carotid artery was zero.
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