Endovascular treatment of ruptured posterior circulation aneurysms using electrolytically detachable coils

Douglas A. Nichols, Robert D. Brown, Kent R. Thielen, Fredric B. Meyer, John L.D. Atkinson, David G. Piepgras

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Abstract

The authors report their experience using electrolytically detachable coils for the treatment of ruptured posterior circulation aneurysms. Twenty- six patients with 28 posterior circulation aneurysms were treated. All patients were referred for endovascular treatment by experienced vascular neurosurgeons. Patients underwent follow-up angiography immediately after treatment, 1 to 6 weeks posttreatment, and 6 months posttreatment. Six-month follow-up angiograms obtained in 19 patients with 20 aneurysms demonstrated that lB (90%) of the 20 aneurysms were 99 to 109% occluded, one aneurysm (5%) was approximately 90% occluded, and one aneurysm (5%) was approximately 75% occluded. The patient with the aneurysm that was approximately 75% occluded needed additional treatment, consisting of parent artery balloon occlusion, and was considered a treatment failure (3.8% of patients). There was one treatment-associated mortality (3.8%) but no treatment-associated serious neurological or nonneurological morbidity in the patient group. There was no recurrent aneurysm rapture during treatment or during the mean 27-month follow-up period. Endovascular treatment of ruptured posterior circulation aneurysms with electrolytically detachable coils can be accomplished with low morbidity and mortality rates. The primary goal of treatment-preventing recurrent aneurysm-can be achieved over the short term. Endovascular coil occlusion will play an important role in the treatment of ruptured posterior circulation aneurysms, particularly if long-term efficacy in preventing recurrent aneurysm hemorrhage can be documented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)374-380
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of neurosurgery
Volume87
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1997

Keywords

  • Detachable coil
  • Endovascular therapy
  • Intracranial aneurysm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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