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      Stent Application for the Treatment of Cerebral Aneurysms

      , MD, PhD, , MD, PhD, , MD, PhD


      Korean Society of Interventional Neuroradiology

      Intracranial aneurysm, Stent, Endovascular Procedures

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          Rapid and striking development in both the techniques and devices make it possible to treat most of cerebral aneurysms endovascularly. Stent has become one of the most important tools in treating difficult aneurysms not feasible for simple coiling. The physical features, the dimensions, and the functional characteristics of the stents show considerable differences. There are also several strategies and tips to treat difficult aneurysms by using stent and coiling. Nevertheless, they require much experience in clinical practice as well as knowledge of the stents to treat cerebral aneurysms safely and effectively. In this report, a brief review of properties of the currently available stents and strategies of their application is presented.

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              The purpose of this study is to report our preliminary experience with the flow-diverter Silk stent for the endovascular treatment of intracranial aneurysms. This prospective study was approved by the authors' ethical committees. Twenty-nine patients with 34 fusiform or wide-necked unruptured aneurysms were included and treated by Silk stent placement alone by 2 physicians in 3 different centers. Technical issues, immediate findings, delayed complications, clinical follow-up, and imaging follow-up at 3 and 6 months were assessed. Endovascular treatment was successfully performed in 26 patients (90%). In 3 patients, the stent could not be delivered. Mortality and morbidity rates were of 4% (1 of 26) and 15% (4 of 26), respectively; 1 patient died from a delayed aneurysm rupture related to stent migration, 3 experienced a thromboembolic event, and 1 patient developed progressive visual disturbances related to an increased mass effect. Clinical outcome in 25 patients was unchanged (n=19), improved (n=2), or worsened (=4). Angiographic follow-up in 24 patients (29 aneurysms) showed 20 complete occlusions (69%), 1 neck remnant (3.5%), and 8 incomplete occlusions (27.5%). Significant parent artery stenosis at 6 months occurred in 8 cases (33%). Despite the potential interest of the Silk flow-diverter stent to treat complex intracranial aneurysms without coils, the delayed complication rate is quite high and leads to use this technique only in selective cases.

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                Korean Society of Interventional Neuroradiology
                August 2011
                31 August 2011
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                Interventional Neuroradiology, Department of Radiology, Yonsei University College of Medicine Severance Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
                Author notes
                Correspondence to: Byung Moon Kim, MD, PhD, Interventional Neuroradiology, Department of Radiology, Yonsei University College of Medicine Severance Hospital, 50 Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-752, Korea. Tel. 82.2.2228.7400, Fax. 82.2.393.3035, bmoon21@
                Copyright © 2011 Korean Society of Interventional Neuroradiology

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                endovascular procedures, stent, intracranial aneurysm


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