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Physical exam myths: listening for carotid artery bruits in stroke patients

  • Joe Nemeth (a1)

Abstract

When a patient presents to the emergency department with a neurologic deficit and a cerebrovascular event is included in the differential diagnosis, the classic recommendation is to examine the carotid artery and assess for the presence of a bruit. The diagnostic yield and utility of this practice has seldom been called into question. This critical appraisal will review the practice of listening for a carotid artery bruit (CAB) in suspected stroke patients and analyze its clinical utility, including the sensitivity and specificity of a CAB for detecting a significant lesion and the potential impact a CAB may have on the investigation and disposition of such patients.

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Montreal Children’s Hospital, 1650 Cedar Ave., Montréal QC H3G 1A4; joe.nemeth@mcgill.ca

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Physical exam myths: listening for carotid artery bruits in stroke patients

  • Joe Nemeth (a1)

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