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'Fast track' carotid duplex scanning in a district general hospital.

By S. Kumar, I. S. Osman, C. J. Woollard and A. E. Cameron


'Fast track' carotid scanning is designed to rapidly identify patients with significant symptomatic carotid stenosis and, thereby, allow prompt surgery. We review the outcome of patients referred to our open-access scanning service over 3 years and 6 months. A total of 807 cases (62% males and 38% females with a mean age of 64 years) were referred. The main presenting symptoms were TIA in 69%, amaurosis fugax in 11% and minor CVA in 8.3%. The mean time between referral and scan was 17 days. In 80% of the cases, the scan showed no significant disease and the patients were not seen in the clinic. Significant abnormality (stenosis > 70% or occlusion) was found in 20% of the patients. Of the total, 12% were reviewed in the out-patient clinic following which no action was taken, 2% had angiography but no surgery, while 5% had angiography and surgery. 1% were lost to follow-up. The mean delay from scan to operation was 36 days. CONCLUSION: Fast track scanning has led to early detection of surgically relevant carotid lesions and avoidance of delay in surgical intervention. It is an efficient and cost-effective practice

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Publisher: Royal College of Surgeons of England
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