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Long-Term Follow-Up after Treatment of Intracranial Aneurysms with the Pipeline Embolization Device: Results from a Single Center.
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PMID:  22158922     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE:Stent-like, self-expandable devices, the so-called flow diverters, are increasingly used for the treatment of wide-neck cerebral aneurysms. The immediate and short-term results are promising, but no long-term results are available. The purpose of our research was to report the long-term angiographic and cross-sectional imaging results after placement of a PED in 12 patients with wide-neck intracranial aneurysms.MATERIALS AND METHODS:Twelve wide-neck or otherwise untreatable cerebral aneurysms in 12 patients were treated with the PED. Angiography was performed at 6 and 24 months after treatment. Additional MR and CT angiograms were acquired.RESULTS:In all patients, angiographic or cross-sectional imaging follow-up of at least 27 months demonstrated complete occlusion of the aneurysms treated with the PED. There were no cases of aneurysm recurrence. Angiography at around 6 months showed complete occlusion in all cases, except 1 that showed complete occlusion at the 29-month follow-up. In 1 patient, a clinically asymptomatic 75% in-stent stenosis was seen on the angiography at 6 months but was resolved completely by balloon dilation. Device placement was successful in all patients. Distal embolization had occurred in 1 patient, but the clot was resolved completely without clinical sequelae. Almost immediate angiographic occlusion was achieved in 2 aneurysms and flow reduction in 10 aneurysms.CONCLUSIONS:Treatment of wide-neck intracranial aneurysms by PED placement led to successful and durable occlusion in all cases, without severe complications. Endovascular treatment for in-stent stenosis should be considered cautiously, because the underlying stenosis may be transient and disappear within 12 months after treatment.
H A Deutschmann; M Wehrschuetz; M Augustin; K Niederkorn; G E Klein
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-12-8
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Title:  AJNR. American journal of neuroradiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1936-959X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
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Created Date:  2011-12-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8003708     Medline TA:  AJNR Am J Neuroradiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Departments of Radiology and Neurology, Medical University Graz, Graz, Austria.
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