Adjunctive treatment with low dose intra-arterial eptifibatide and intravenous aspirin during carotid stenting: A case series

Anat Horev, Yair Zlotnik, Vladimir Borodetsky, Ron Biederko, Michael Star, Vladislav Zvenigorodsky, Ilan Shelef, Gal Iffergane

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Purpose: According to most guidelines, medical protocol for carotid stenting includes the administration of oral Aspirin and Clopidogrel at least four days before the procedure, with intraprocedural intravenous (IV) heparin. Some publications have also reported the safety of adding glycoprotein 2b/3a inhibitors to the protocol. In this retrospective study, we evaluate the safety of a new medication protocol that includes IV aspirin and intra-arterial Eptifibatide (glycoprotein 2b/3a inhibitor) during carotid stenting. All patients who underwent carotid stenting at Soroka University Medical Center between January 2015 and May 2020 were included (emergent cases were excluded). We divided patients into two groups—patients treated under the standard protocol, and patients treated under the new protocol. In the latter, patients received both the standard protocol regimen, as well as 150 mg IV aspirin immediately before stenting, and a slow intra-arterial injection of 2–3 mg Eptifibatide (glycoprotein 2b/3a antagonist) immediately after stenting. Forty-four patients were treated according to the standard protocol (group 1), and 41 patients were treated according to the new protocol (group 2). In group 1, six patients had complications, while in group 2, no complications of any kind were noted (p = 0.027). The safety and possible efficacy of this novel protocol was preliminarily demonstrated in the present study. Future studies are needed to prove the safety and efficacy of a specific drug regimen that will further reduce the complication rates of carotid stenting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-32
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2021


  • Carotid stenosis
  • Carotid stenting
  • Stroke prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Physiology (medical)


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