Intra-aneurysmal thrombus modification after flow-diversion.
Flow diversion has been successfully used to treat large and giant intracranial aneurysms that present with mass effect. We conducted a retrospective review, evaluating the modification of thrombi in this aneurysm type after treatment with the Pipeline Embolization Device (ev3 Endovascular, Plymouth, MN, USA) and the effects of these modifications on symptoms. Eight patients, seven of whom were female, harbored eight partially thrombosed large or giant aneurysms. Five of the eight aneurysms presented with symptomatic mass effect. At 1 year follow-up, complete occlusion occurred in 75% (6/8) of patients. On average, the longest thrombus diameter measured 22.31 mm before treatment and 14.05 mm 1 year afterwards. Seven of the eight thrombi regressed, as did their aneurysms. All six patients with shrunken thrombi had tremendous symptom improvement and became asymptomatic in the following year. The current findings seem to reflect the size variation of the intra-aneurysmal thrombus rather than the size of the aneurysm itself.
Zanaty, M; Jabbour, PM; Bou Sader, R; Chalouhi, N; Tjoumakaris, S; Rosenwasser, RH; Fernando Gonzalez, L
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