Vertebral Artery Stenting using Distal Emboli Protection and Transcranial Doppler

Edward P. Mintz, Luis Gruberg, Efim Kouperberg, Rafael Beyar

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Recent studies have shown the feasibility and safety of the percutaneous approach for the treatment of vertebrobasilar disease using either balloon angioplasty alone, coronary stents, or combined angioplasty followed by stenting. The major concern in performing percutaneous procedures for the treatment of obstructive disease of the vertebrobasilar circulation involves the risk of embolic phenomena. We describe the successful treatment of a symptomatic patient with bilateral vertebrobasilar disease utilizing a distal protection filter during stenting with simultaneous use of transcranial Doppler to measure microembolization and vertebral artery blood flow during the procedure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-15
Number of pages4
JournalCatheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Carotid artery
  • Cerebrovascular accident
  • Filter device
  • Vertebrobasilar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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