• The records of 516 patients who underwent an elective abdominal aortic operation for aneurysmal or occlusive disease are reviewed. Four patients operated on twice are considered an individual patient for each operation. Excluding 27 patients who had a prior carotid endarterectomy, there were 84 with a carotid bruit. Thirty-six patients without a carotid bruit had experienced an episode of cerebral ischemia. Four patients had a postoperative stroke. There was no correlation between the stroke and presence of a carotid bruit or history of cerebral ischemic symptoms. We do not challenge the validity of prophylactic carotid endarterectomy but question if the need for an abdominal aortic operation should be considered indication for carotid angiography and surgery in patients with a carotid bruit.
(Arch Surg 114:1138-1140, 1979)