• Thirteen patients with internal carotid artery occlusion and symptomatic external carotid artery stenosis underwent external carotid artery revascularization by means of endarterectomy (n=10) or subclavian artery—external carotid artery bypass (n=3). All patients but one were followed up, for five to 46 months (mean, 20 months). There were no operative deaths or complications and no late strokes. One patient (7.7%) required early extracranial-intracranial (EC-IC) bypass for failure of the external carotid artery endarterectomy to relieve the initial symptoms. All remaining patients were completely (n=9) or partially (n=2) relieved of symptoms, and EC-IC bypass was not required. There were no criteria identified by either oculopneumoplethysmography or angiography that could reliably predict the need for subsequent EC-IC bypass. Ninety-two percent of the patients were adequately treated with external carotid artery revascularization alone, suggesting that subsequent EC-IC bypass is seldom required in patients with ipsilateral internal carotid artery occlusion and external carotid artery stenosis.
(Arch Surg 1983;118:567-572)