Carotid Endarterectomy and Infected Dacron patch
I had a seizure in 2009 where they found a 80 % blockage and a Carotid Endarterectomy was performed.
12 years later – I had no idea this was even possible.
I am trying to find anyone who has dealt with a infected patch of Carotid Artery. I had a sinus form the end of 2020 and seen vascular surgeon in January 2021, he rushed CT( it was done 2 days later ) and it came back with more than 70% blockage again. Then sent for tagged WBC scan ( white blood cell ) and positive for infected patch. Cardiovascular surgeon wanted to try antibiotics first as he said surgery was a great risk. Infectious disease specialist has been involved since end of January. I have been on 5 antibiotics a day ever since. . Surgeon now is ready to do surgery replacing carotid with saphenous vein and says risk is less than 1 %. I am not sure what to think or do at this point. I understand connect is not for medical advice, just trying to find someone who has even heard of this. I have done a lot of research since first diagnose in January 2021. I do understand it's a rare occurrence between 0.25% to 0.50%.
I am not that good with computers but have found many articles about this, but I am sure there are plenty more out there.