Safety and efficacy of tirofiban in stent-assisted coil embolization of intracranial aneurysms.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article)

BACKGROUND: Thromboembolic complications are a major concern in stent-assisted coiling of intracranial aneurysms that may be prevented with adequate antiplatelet therapy. OBJECTIVE: To assess the safety and efficacy of tirofiban in stent-assisted coiling. METHODS: Two protocols were used. In the initial protocol, tirofiban was administered intravenously as a 0.4 μg/kg per min bolus for 30 minutes followed by 0.10 μg·kg min maintenance infusion. The revised protocol consisted of a 0.10 μg·kg min maintenance infusion alone. RESULTS: Sixty-seven patients received tirofiban, 16 under the initial protocol and 51 under the revised protocol. Thirty (44.8%) patients had sustained a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Tirofiban infusion was initiated after thromboembolic events in 9 (13.4%) patients and prophylactically in 58 (86.6%). Four (6.0%) intracranial hemorrhages were noted. Three (18.8%) intracranial hemorrhages occurred with the initial protocol in patients treated electively and were fatal in 2 (66.7%) cases. The only complication (1.9%) under the revised protocol was a subclinical worsening of the computed tomographic appearance of an SAH. There was no tirofiban-related morbidity or deaths with the revised protocol. Of 9 patients that received tirofiban as a rescue treatment, 7 (77.8%) had complete and 2 (22.2%) had partial arterial recanalization. No thromboembolic events occurred in patients receiving prophylactic tirofiban. CONCLUSION: A bolus followed by a maintenance dose of tirofiban appears to have a high risk of cerebral hemorrhage. A maintenance infusion without an initial bolus, however, has an exceedingly low risk of hemorrhage and appears to be very safe and effective, even in the setting of SAH.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chalouhi, N; Jabbour, P; Kung, D; Hasan, D

Published Date

  • September 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 71 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 710 - 714

PubMed ID

  • 22668886

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1524-4040

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1227/NEU.0b013e31826213f9


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States