Contrast-Induced Acute Kidney Injury in Patients Undergoing Carotid Artery Stenting: An Underestimated Issue

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Carotid artery stenting (CAS) is increasingly offered to patients with carotid artery stenosis. Although CAS is a less invasive (and thus more attractive) alternative compared with carotid endarterectomy, it requires the use of contrast material. A possible side effect from the use of contrast material during CAS is the development of contrast-induced acute kidney injury (CI-AKI). This review discusses the incidence/prevalence and clinical significance of CI-AKI developing after CAS. We also discuss possible measures to reduce the incidence of CI-AKI after CAS.

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