Neuroradiology

, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 49–53

Asymptomatic middle cerebral artery stenosis diagnosed by magnetic resonance angiography

  • O. O. Zaidat
  • D. B. Zahuranec
  • E. E. Ubogu
  • J. A. Fernandes-Filho
  • J. I. Suárez
  • J. L. Sunshine
  • R. W. Tarr
  • S. Mirarchi
  • S. G. Nour
  • W. R. Selman
  • D. M. D. Landis
Diagnostic Neuroradiology

Abstract

We reviewed 1440 MRA studies to identify patients with middle cerebral artery stenosis (MCAS). We identified 99 cases, and after reviewing the clinical records, classified 28 as asymptomatic MCAS (AMCAS), a prevalence of 2%. Suspected stroke was the most frequent indication for MRA. Follow-up was available for 21, mean 46.7 months (range 2.4–75.6 months). One stroke occurred in the AMCAS territory (5%), other strokes in five patients (24%). There were five deaths in patients with MCAS; age >69 ( P =0.045) was the only associated risk factor. This study suggests that patients in whom MRA is performed and shows AMCAS may be at increased risk of strokes in any vascular distribution or of death.

Keywords

Stroke Middle cerebral artery stenosis Magnetic resonance angiography 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • O. O. Zaidat
    • 1
    • 2
  • D. B. Zahuranec
    • 3
  • E. E. Ubogu
    • 2
  • J. A. Fernandes-Filho
    • 2
  • J. I. Suárez
    • 2
  • J. L. Sunshine
    • 4
  • R. W. Tarr
    • 4
  • S. Mirarchi
    • 4
  • S. G. Nour
    • 4
  • W. R. Selman
    • 5
  • D. M. D. Landis
    • 2
  1. 1.Box 3808Duke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Department of NeurologyUniversity Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine ClevelandClevelandUSA
  3. 3.Department of Internal MedicineUniversity Hospitals of Cleveland and Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC/Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine ClevelandClevelandUSA
  4. 4.Department of NeuroradiologyUniversity Hospitals of Cleveland and Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC/Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine ClevelandClevelandUSA
  5. 5.Department of NeurosurgeryUniversity Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine ClevelandClevelandUSA

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