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Surg Neurol Int. 2011;2:67. doi: 10.4103/2152-7806.81725. Epub 2011 May 28.

Endovascular implantation of covered stents in the extracranial carotid and vertebral arteries: Case series and review of the literature.

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Department of Neurosurgery, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine, Chicago IL, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Covered stents are used endovascularly to seal arterial wall defects while preserving vessel patency. This report describes our experience with the use of covered stents to treat cervical pathology, and a review of the literature in regards to this topic is presented.

CASE DESCRIPTION:

Two patients presenting with the carotid blowout syndrome and one patient with a vertebrojugular fistula were treated with covered stents. This allowed for preservation of the vessel and was a treatment alternative to cerebral bypass.

CONCLUSION:

Covered stents provide a viable means of preserving the cervical vessels in selected patients; however, long-term follow-up is necessary to determine stent patency and permanency of hemostasis.

KEYWORDS:

Covered stent; carotid blow-out; endovascular; vertebrojugular fistula

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