Quantitative evaluation using single-photon emission computed tomography with acetazolamide is reliable for preoperative evaluation before cardiac surgery in severe carotid intracranial artery stenotic and/or occlusive disease: A case report

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Background: Severe carotid and intracranial artery stenosis disease (CIAD) is major risk for perioperative stroke in coronary artery bypass grafting. Then, preoperative risk assessment is quite important. Case presentation: A 58-years old Japanese woman with bilateral carotid stenosis and bilateral middle cerebral artery occlusion was suffered from worsening effort angina due to severe three coronary vessel disease. Magnetic resonance imaging angiography demonstrated severe carotid and intracranial vessel stenosis. Selective carotid/cerebral angiography also showed severe stenosis and delayed filling of the right internal carotid artery and moderate stenosis of the left internal carotid artery, with occlusion of the bilateral middle cerebral arteries. However, quantitative evaluation with brain perfusion, single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) with acetazolamide showed depleted cerebral perfusion volume and vascular responses, particularly in the left middle cerebral artery area. However, both sides of MCA reserve cerebral blood flow was maintained at > 34 ml/100 g/min. So, we finally considered that her cerebral perfusion reserve was maintained a certain level and could tolerate open heart surgery. Then, she underwent off-pump coronary artery grafting. Before sternotomy, prophylactic intra-aortic balloon pump support was used to minimize possible perioperative stroke. As a result, hemodynamic status and brain regional oxygen saturation were stable throughout the operation, and recovered uneventfully. Conclusions: Preoperative quantitative evaluation using brain perfusion SPECT with acetazolamide is useful in assessing hemodynamic cerebrovascular risk in patients with severe obstructive CIAD. Off pump coronary artery bypass grafting with intra aortic balloon pump assist is a good option for prevention of cerebrovascular morbidity in ischemic heart disease with severe CIAD.

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Tayama, E., Mori, R., Ueda, T., Imasaka, K. I., Tomita, Y., & Morita, S. (2019). Quantitative evaluation using single-photon emission computed tomography with acetazolamide is reliable for preoperative evaluation before cardiac surgery in severe carotid intracranial artery stenotic and/or occlusive disease: A case report. Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, 14(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13019-019-0961-4

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