• To document our recent experience with asymptomatic cervical bruit, we reviewed the records of 418 patients referred to the noninvasive vascular laboratory. Mean follow-up of 23.7 months was obtained for 370 patients by record review or telephone. In a group of 313 patients not operated on, transient ischemic attacks occurred in 14 and stroke in seven (6.7%). The risk of neurologic morbidity was highest in patients with advanced carotid stenosis. Carotid endarterectomy was performed 62 times in 57 patients, with one stroke (1.6%). If carotid endarterectomy is performed with low morbidity, identification of selected surgical candidates with advanced carotid stenosis is reasonable.
(Arch Surg 1987;122:893-896)