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Abstract #1235

Carotid Plaques in TIA & Stroke Patients: One-Year Follow-Up Study by Magnetic

Robert Kwee1, Robert van Oostenbrugge2, Werner Mess2, Martin Prins2, Rob van Der Geest3, Johannes ter Berg4, Cees Franke5, Arthur Korten6, B Meems7, Jos van Engelshoven2, Joachim Wildberger2, Eline Kooi2

1Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands; 2Maastricht University Medical Center, Netherlands; 3Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands; 4Orbis Medical Center Sittard, Netherlands; 5Atrium Medical Center Parkstad Heerlen, Netherlands; 6Laurentius Hospital Roermond, Netherlands; 7VieCuri Medical Center Venlo, Netherlands

We investigated the natural course of carotid plaque progression in TIA/stroke patients with ipsilateral <70% carotid stenosis, by using serial multisequence magnetic resonance imaging. The results of our study show that there is inward plaque remodeling over a 1-year period, while features of plaque vulnerability generally remain unchanged.