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Asymptomatic adults should not be screened for carotid artery stenosis, US panel concludes

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4538 (Published 11 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4538
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Asymptomatic adults should not be screened for carotid artery stenosis, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has recommended.1

The new recommendations applied to adults without a history of transient ischemic attack, stroke, or other neurologic signs and symptoms and reaffirmed similar recommendations made by the task force in 2007. USPSTF makes recommendations on the effectiveness of preventive care services for patients without related conditions and services. It bases its recommendations on the evidence for benefits and harms but does not consider costs.

The review was funded by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The …

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