Carotid Artery Angioplasty and Stenting

internal cartoid artery

This patient has known narrowing of the internal carotid artery and was referred for angioplasty and stenting of this narrowed vessel. The patient had a catheter placed in the artery feeding the right groin and a long catheter placed into the carotid artery upstream of the narrowing. X-ray dye was injected and the above images were obtained which show the narrowed area.

angioplasty balloon

A wire and an angioplasty balloon are placed through the catheter across the narrowed artery segment and the balloon is inflated to stretch the vessel open.

unexpanded stent

The unexpanded stent is placed across the area of narrowing under x-ray guidance.

stent after expansion

This x-ray shows the stent after it has been expanded.

xray reexpansion

The final x-ray shows reexpansion of the blood vessel.

The patient was observed overnight and discharged to home the next day.

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