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The mainstay of treatment of extracranial carotid artery aneurysms is surgical repair. The surgical repair entails the resection of that portion of the carotid artery that is involved with the aneurysm, followed by a bypass. Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center.Can an extracranial carotid artery aneurysm cause a stroke?
Although extracranial carotid artery aneurysms seldom rupture, blood clots can form in them. If a clot breaks loose, it can block blood flow to your brain, causing a stroke or mini-stroke. It’s wise to talk with your doctor if you have symptoms or risk factors for an extracranial carotid artery aneurysm.How is a carotid artery aneurysm removed from the body?
The surgeon will expose the carotid artery aneurysm, and the normal carotid artery above and below the aneurysm, through an incision in the neck. The blood flow in the artery is stopped with special clamps, and the aneurysm is excised.Why is a carotid endarterectomy done?
Why the Procedure is Performed. This procedure is done if your doctor has found narrowing or a blockage in your carotid artery. Your doctor will have done one or more tests to see how much the carotid artery is blocked. Surgery to remove the buildup in your carotid artery may be done if the artery is narrowed by more than 70%.