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Asymptomatic carotid artery calcifications discovered on panoramic radiography.

Authors
  • Dolatabadi, Mohammad Ali
  • Motamedi, Mohammad Hosein Kalantar
  • Lassemi, Eshagh
  • Janbaz, Yousef
Type
Published Article
Journal
General dentistry
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2010
Volume
58
Issue
2
Pages
97–99
Identifiers
PMID: 20236916
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This article presents the case of a 50-year-old asymptomatic man whose panoramic radiograph revealed calcium deposits within the left internal carotid bifurcation region. Subsequent duplex ultrasonic examination indicated unilateral low-grade carotid arterial stenosis, a condition associated with a significant risk of stroke, which had not been identified previously. The findings on the panoramic radiograph prompted appropriate and potentially lifesaving treatment. Dentists who are well-versed in diagnosing calcified plaques on panoramic radiographs can play a major role in the early referral and treatment of undiagnosed asymptomatic patients.

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