We present a case of a 78-year-old male referred presented to our institution with amaurosis fugax after walking 20 steps ("visual claudicatio"). Duplex ultrasound was not able to visualize the carotid arteries. Multislice computed tomography (Sensation 64 Cardiac, Siemens, Germany) of the cerebro-vascular circulation was performed from its origin at the level of the aortic arch to the circle of Willis. The investigation demonstrated a complete occlusion of both common carotid arteries at their origin and a severe origo stenosis of both vertebral arteries. An important collateral circulation of the vertebral arteries through the minor vessels of the neck was also displayed. Both comunicans posterior arteries were small but patent. The intra-cranial arteries were patent. Multislice CT of the cerebro-vascular circulation is an optimal tool for a comprehensive evaluation when duplex ultrasound fails.

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doi.org/10.1007/s10554-006-9155-y, hdl.handle.net/1765/37010
International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Cademartiri, F, Maffei, E, Palumbo, A, Mollet, N.R.A, van der Lugt, A, & Crisi, G. (2007). Visual claudicatio: Diagnosis with 64-slice computed tomography. International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging, 23(3), 393–396. doi:10.1007/s10554-006-9155-y