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Emboli are one of the main causes of cerebral ischaemia and acute stroke. Calcified emboli are much less frequent, and most of the few reported cases occurred secondary to manipulation (aortic valve disease and cardiac catheterisation).1 Cases of spontaneous calcified emboli from the carotid artery, without previous manipulation, are very rare.2 While intravenous thrombolysis is the standard …
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