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Carotid endarterectomy: Quiz


Question 1: The symptoms are temporary or transitory strokes, known as ________ (TIAs).
Cerebrovascular diseaseThalamic syndromeVertebrobasilar insufficiencyTransient ischemic attack

Question 2: Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) is a surgical procedure used to prevent stroke, by correcting stenosis (narrowing) in the ________.
Carotid sinusCommon carotid arterySubclavian arteryArterial tree

Question 3: Other surgical complications include ________ of the wound bed which is potentially life-threatening, as swelling of the neck due to hematoma could compress the trachea.
BleedingBruisePurpuraGastrointestinal bleeding

Question 4: Pieces of the plaque ________ can break off and travel up the internal carotid artery to the brain, where it blocks circulation, and can cause death of the brain tissue.
EmbolismAir embolismFat embolismCardiovascular disease

Question 5: Endarterectomy is the removal of material on the inside (end-) of an ________.
ArteryBlood vesselArterial treeSystemic circulation

Question 6: This is likely to result in fasciculations developing on the ________ and paralysis of the affected side: on sticking it out, the patients tongue will deviate toward the affected side.
Human pharynxSensory systemTongueDigestion

Question 7: ________ causes plaque to form in the carotid arteries, usually at the fork where the common carotid artery divides into the internal and external carotid artery.
AtheromaCardiovascular diseaseHypertensionAtherosclerosis


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