Objectives: The study defined the incidence of cerebral hyperperfusion syndrome and intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) and the risk factors for their development following carotid artery stenting (CAS).
Background: Hyperperfusion syndrome and ICH can complicate carotid revascularization, be it endarterectomy or CAS. Although extensive effort has been devoted to reducing the incidence of ischemic stroke complicating CAS, little is known about the incidence, etiology, and prevention strategies for hyperperfusion and ICH following CAS.
Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the prospective database of 450 consecutive patients who were treated with CAS in our department to identify patients who developed hyperperfusion syndrome and/or ICH.
Results: The mean age of the patients was 72.7 +/- 10.9 years, and the mean diameter narrowing was 84 +/- 12.8%. Five (1.1% [95% confidence interval 0.4% to 2.6%]) patients developed hyperperfusion. Three (0.67%) of the five developed ICH. Two of these patients died (0.44%). Symptoms developed within a median of 10 h (range, 6 h to 4 days) following stenting. All five patients had correction of a severe internal carotid stenosis (mean 95.6 +/- 3.7%) with a concurrent contralateral stenosis >80% or contralateral occlusion and peri-procedural hypertension. These same risk factors are involved in cerebral hyperperfusion following carotid endarterectomy. The use of platelet glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptor blockers did not appear to increase the risk ICH.
Conclusions: The hyperperfusion syndrome occurs infrequently following CAS, and ICH occurs in 0.67% of patients. Patients with severe bilateral carotid stenoses may be predisposed to ICH, particularly if there is concurrent arterial hypertension. Patients with these factors may require more intensive hemodynamic monitoring after CAS, including prolongation of hospitalization in some cases.