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Variation In The Use Of Angiography And Carotid Endarterectomy By Neurologists In The UK-TIA Aspirin Trial

Uk-Tia Study Group
British Medical Journal (Clinical Research Edition)
Vol. 286, No. 6364 (Feb. 12, 1983), pp. 514-517
Published by: BMJ
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/29509727
Page Count: 4
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Abstract

Of 959 patients with complete records at entry to the UK-TIA Aspirin Trial 32% underwent angiography; for the 27 neurologists with 10 or more patients in the trial this rate varied from 3% to 100%. Seven per cent of the patients had carotid surgery; similarly the rate varied from 0% to 25% depending on the policy of the neurologist. These differences may be partly due to different perceptions of the safety and usefulness of carotid surgery. Ten of 41 (24%) patients undergoing carotid surgery after randomisation had a perioperative stroke, and four of them died.

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