Radionuclide cerebral blood flow and carotid angiogram. Correlation in internal carotid artery disease.
Radionuclide cerebral blood flow (CBF) examinations of 48 patients with atherosclerosis, 18 with occlusion and 30 with stenosis of the internal carotid artery (ICA) were correlated with their respective cerebral angiograms. The following results were obtained. Flow was visually unilaterally diminished in 29 (60%) of 48 patients, including 14 (78%) with occlusion and 15 (50%) with stenosis. Sixty-two percent of the subjects with severe stenoses and 46% of the patients with mild stenoses had a positive flow study. Diminished flow was evident in the neck in 80% of the patients, intracranially in 20%. Positive radionuclide angiograms always pointed to the side with occlusion or the greater degree of stenosis even though bilateral interanl carotid disease was frequently found (54%). The data leading to the differentiation between major and minor ICA stenosis are not sufficient to justify any conclusion.
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