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Left CAS for ulcerated Carotid stenosis, Difficult femoral access

Case of the month: June 2021

This didactic procedure concerns a 81 years old man presenting with symptomatic severe calcified and ulcerated left carotid on echography. Angiography revealed a long-ulcerated stenosis at the origin of the left internal carotid artery.


Educational objectives

  • Plan a step-by-step carotid artery stenting procedure.
  • How to manage access through tortuous anatomy?
  • How to proceed to a safe and successful catheterization of the left carotid artery?
  • Materials choice: guidewires, filter, guiding catheter, balloons and stent.
  • How to prepare, advance the embolic protection system: FilterWire EZ™ through the lesion and release the filter upstream the lesion?
  • Tips and tricks for a good positioning and implantation of the Micromesh Roadsaver® stent
  • How to safely retrieve the embolic protection system: FilterWire EZ™?
  • What are adjunctive per procedural pharmacotherapies?


Step-by-step procedure: Left internal carotid artery stenting

1) Access sites:

  • Femoral access: Echo guided 8 French access using micro puncture system.
  • Heparin administration.

2) Left common carotid artery catheterization: coaxial technique

  • Continuous purging of the guiding catheter while introducing guidewire, embolic protection device, balloons or stent.
  • Advance an 8 Fr Hockey Stick guiding catheter to the aortic arch on a 0.035’’ GLIDEWIRE ADVANTAGE® Guidewire.
  • Gentle Catheterization of the ostium of the left common carotid artery.
  • Advance the 0.035” ADVANTAGE® Guidewire to the external carotid artery.
  • Advance a Beacon® Tip 5.0 Fr catheter on the 0.035” ADVANTAGE® Guidewire.
  • Exchange to a 0.035” Amplatz Super Stiff™ Guidewire to provide enough support to the Hockey stick 8 Fr guiding catheter to navigate through tortuosity using the coaxial system.
  • Advance the guiding catheter to the distal part of the common carotid artery with the tip oriented towards the internal carotid ostium.

3) Preparation and deployment of embolic protection system: FilterWire EZ™:

  • Preparation of the filter with a special attention to avoid air bubbles.
  • Preform the wire tip shape according to the lesion morphology.
  • Careful and gentle crossing of the lesion avoiding plaque destabilization.
  • Release the filter in a vertical segment of the internal carotid distally to the lesion: be sure to have enough space for stent distal landing zone.
  • Verify the good position and the opening of the filter under fluoroscopy.

4) Pre-dilatation

  • Atropine administration
  • Good balloon preparation: avoid air bubbles to avoid cerebral air embolism in case of balloon rupture.li>
  • Pre dilatation of the lesion using a 5.5*20mm Ultra-Soft™ balloon.
  • Checking pre dilatation result

5) Stenting

  • Select the precise spot of stent deployment
  • Deployment of the Roadsaver 9*20mm stent.
  • Be sure that the dual layer markers are on either side of the lesion.

6) Post-dilatation

  • Post dilatation of the lesion using a 6*20mm Ultra-Soft™ balloon.
  • Checking post dilatation result.

7) Retrievement of embolic protection system: FilterWire EZ™:

  • Check the filter content and the quality of the flow.
  • Remove the filter.
  • Verify if there is any dissection or spasm.

8) Final angiographic control: Cervical and Intra-cranial

9) Vascular femoral closure with an 8 Fr Angio-Seal™

10) Medical adjunctive treatments

  • Pre-procedural: Heparin and Antibioprophylaxis.
  • Post procedural: Triple therapy: Aspirin 75mg o.d. + Clopidogrel 75mg o.d. + Enoxaparin 100 UI/kg b.i.d. : 15 days.
  • DUS 15 days after.
  • Stop Clopidogrel and continue Aspirin 75mg b.i.d and NAOC.



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