Critical carotid stenosis - CTA findings

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


Patient presents with sudden onset visual loss left eye. O/E left retinal arterial occlusion, ? source of embolus

Patient Data

Age: 75-year-old
Gender: Male

CTA COW and neck (selected images)

High-grade stenosis due to a calcified plaque at the origin of the left internal carotid artery.  Note the internal carotid above this lesion remains patent but of reduced caliber (4.3 v 2.7 mm) and shows reduced enhancement in the terminal L ICA = 287 HU compared with R ICS = 437 HU.

Case Discussion

One indication that I use to determine the severity of internal carotid stenosis is the differential enhancement in the distal carotid lumens (beyond the stenosis). In this case, there is a 34% reduction, in contrast, density on the left c/w the right.  The internal carotid artery beyond the stenosis is also of reduced caliber compared with the right due to the reduced blood flow.

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Case information

rID: 42484
Published: 22nd Jan 2016
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Vascular
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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