The balloon anchor technique: a novel technique for distal access through a giant aneurysm.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

A novel technique is reported that helps the operator in achieving reliable access to the distal parent vessel with a microcatheter for stent assisted aneurysm coiling. Distal parent vessel access was obtained by allowing the microwire to follow the local hemodynamics into a giant internal carotid artery aneurysm and around its dome. Various traditional methods were tried before attempting the balloon anchor. In this technique, an over-the-wire balloon was inflated in the distal vessel followed by gentle retraction of the balloon catheter and microwire allowed only a wire bridge across the aneurysm neck, thereby allowing the stent catheter to be brought up in a standard fashion. This technique may facilitate the use of new stent technologies for the treatment of aneurysms that would otherwise be untreatable with endovascular therapies.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Snyder, KV; Natarajan, SK; Hauck, EF; Mocco, J; Siddiqui, AH; Hopkins, LN; Levy, EI

Published Date

  • December 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 363 - 367

PubMed ID

  • 21990649

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1759-8486

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1136/jnis.2009.002006


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England