Carotid artery Doppler ultrasonography in retinal macroaneurysms

G. Thurairajan, T. Potamitis, G. Naylor, J. Gibson

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It is postulated that retinal arterial macroaneurysms (RAMs) occur at the site of incomplete embolic occlusion of a branch retinal artery. Embolic events of the retinal vessels are related to the state of the carotid artery tree and therefore Doppler ultrasonography of the carotid arteries in these patients is of particular interest. We have examined 13 patients with retinal artery macroaneurysms with carotid artery Doppler ultrasonography (CADU). Eight of these patients (61.5%) exhibited atheromatous plaques on the same side as the RAM with a moderate degree of arterial narrowing. Although our group of patients did not show advanced carotid artery disease, alterations of the arterial wall found at the level of the carotid artery were higher than expected in a similar hypertensive population. To our knowledge this is the first study of the carotid arterial tree in these patients. Our results support the theory that RAMs may be of embolic origin. Furthermore they demonstrate that CADU is a useful investigation in patients with RAMs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-63
Number of pages3
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1998


  • carotid artery,
  • retinal macroaneurysms
  • Doppler ultrasonography


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