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J Chin Med Assoc. 2012 Jul;75(7):322-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jcma.2012.05.003. Epub 2012 Jun 29.

Stent-assisted coil embolization of intracranial aneurysms: a single center experience.

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Department of Radiology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC.



Endovascular detachable coil embolization has become an important method in the management of intracranial aneurysms. However, coil embolization alone may fail to treat some wide-neck aneurysms. Herein, we report our experience with and outcome of stent-assisted coil embolization (SACE) of intracranial aneurysms.


Over a 5-year period, a total of 59 patients diagnosed with 63 intracranial aneurysms underwent SACE. Of the total 63 aneurysms, 6 aneurysms were treated by SACE as a salvageable procedure because of coil instability after detachment. There were 17 men and 42 women enrolled in the study, with ages ranging from 24 to 86 years (mean: 60 years). We retrospectively assessed the clinical data, aneurysm characteristics, and angiographic and clinical outcomes of all patient cases.


The mean aneurysm size was 9.4 mm, and the mean neck size was 5.5 mm. Clinical and angiographic follow-up exceeding 6 months were available in 51 and 40 patients, respectively. The mean clinical follow-up time was 28 months (range: 6-49 months). Successful stent deployment was found in 60 aneurysms (95%). Midterm total or subtotal angiographic aneurismal occlusion was obtained in 56 aneurysms (89%), with further thrombosis of the aneurismal sac occurring in 4 (10%). Stable coiling aneurysm was found in 24 (78%), aneurysm recurrence was observed in 5 (13%), and permanent procedural morbidity was observed in two patients (3.4%). During the follow-up period, there were no hemorrhagic events and no stent displacement.


Despite a modest procedural complication rate, and some evidence of aneurismal recurrence, SACE was proved to be both effective and safe in managing wide-neck intracranial aneurysms. Our results also demonstrated the midterm durability and stability of aneurysm treated by SACE. Furthermore, SACE can be a salvageable procedure in cases with coil instability after detachment.

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