Continuous-Wave Doppler of Vertebral Arteries in Noninvasive Diagnosis and Management of Vertebro--Basilar TIAs

Amadori, Andrea; Arnetoli, Grazioano; Nuzzaci, Giuseppe; Stefani, Paolo
April 1988
Angiology;Apr1988, Vol. 39 Issue 4, p365
Academic Journal
Continuous-wave Doppler and angiography of the vertebro-basilar system were used in 38 patients with vertebro-basilar transient ischemic attacks. 63 vertebral arteries were studied. Among 47 normal Doppler parameters, 46 were confirmed by angiography. The sonographic diagnostic procedure showed a very high negative predictive value (97.87%), while the positive predictive value was relatively low (56.25%). Data from literature were reviewed. The authors suggest that when Doppler of vertebral arteries is negative, there is a very low probability that a follow-up angiography will reveal pathologic conditions calling for a surgical approach.


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