Patch angioplasty versus primary closure for carotid endarterectomy.
BACKGROUND: Carotid patch angioplasty (with either a venous or a synthetic patch) may reduce the risk of carotid artery restenosis and subsequent ischaemic stroke. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this review was to assess the safety and efficacy of routine or selective carotid patch angioplasty compared to carotid endarterectomy with primary closure. SEARCH STRATEGY: We searched the Cochrane Stroke Group Trials Register (last searched November 2002). In addition, we searched the Cochrane Contro...Expand abstract
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