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Endovascular implantation of covered stents in the extracranial carotid and vertebral arteries: Case series and review of the literature

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posted on 2012-03-21, 00:00 authored by Ali Alaraj, Adam Wallace, Sepideh Amin-Hanjani, Fady T. Charbel, Victor A. Aletich
Background : Covered stents are used endovascularly to seal arterial wall defects while preserving vessel patency. This report describes our experience with the use of covered stents to treat cervical pathology, and a review of the literature in regards to this topic is presented. Case Description : Two patients presenting with the carotid blowout syndrome and one patient with a vertebrojugular fistula were treated with covered stents. This allowed for preservation of the vessel and was a treatment alternative to cerebral bypass. Conclusion : Covered stents provide a viable means of preserving the cervical vessels in selected patients; however, long-term follow-up is necessary to determine stent patency and permanency of hemostasis.


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© 2011 Alaraj et al; This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. DOI: 10.4103/2152-7806.81725.


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