Physiology of carotid endarterectomy with ocular pneumoplethysmography.
Objective documentation of the quantitative physiologic changes associated with the repair of carotid lesions of hemodynamic consequence was obtained in 701 procedures by a comparison of pre- and postoperative ocular pneumoplethysmographic tests (OPG-Gee). The results of repair of severe stenoses depended on the status of the carotid artery opposite the repaired vessel. If the vessel opposite the carotid artery repaired was functionally patent, severely stenosed, or totally occluded, the ocular blood flow improvement on the side of repair was 16%, 27%, and 47%, respectively. Only in the latter group was improvement in ocular blood flow observed on the side opposite the carotid repair (13%). Ocular blood flow, the bulk of which (choroid) is not autoregulated, is a much more sensitive indicator of carotid lesions of hemodynamic consequence than is the autoregulated cerebral blood flow. OPG-Gee is presented as a simple noninvasive test that reliably and reproducibly assesses the quantitative physiologic changes associated with the repair of carotid lesions of hemodynamic consequence. The latter represent 84% of all carotid endarterectomies at this institution.
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Gee, W., Perline, R. K., & Madden, A. E. (1986). Physiology of carotid endarterectomy with ocular pneumoplethysmography. Journal Of Vascular Surgery, 4(2), 129-135.
Medical Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Medicine, Department of Medicine Faculty