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Carotid endarterectomy surgery. Close-up of the plaque that was removed from a patient's carotid artery during an endarterectomy. Carotid endarterectomy is a surgical technique for removing obstructions (such as plaques) that are causing stenosis (narrowing) within the lower neck portion of the carotid artery. If these obstructions were not removed they could cause a stroke.
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