Cerebral Arteriogram Complication Data

A cerebral arteriogram is an X-ray of the arteries and veins in the head to detect blockage or narrowing of the vessels. During an arteriogram, a small incision is made in the groin. A thin, flexible tube (catheter) is then inserted into a blood vessel. Once the catheter is in place, a small amount of dye is injected in the artery. The dye allows the blood vessel to be seen on X-rays. After a series of X-rays are taken, the catheter is removed. As with any procedure, there is a risk of complication.

After cerebral arteriography, patients may experience a neurological complication (stroke) and in extremely rare cases, death. The Joint Commission sets performance goals as a standard for safe and effective health care.

Data from July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020

  • LVHN cerebral arteriography patients who experienced a stroke and/or death within 24 hours post-procedure: 0.4%
  • The Joint Commission performance goal for cerebral arteriography patients experiencing a stroke and/or death within 24 hours post-procedure: <1%