Performance of Aneurysm Wall Enhancement Compared with Clinical Predictive Scales: PHASES, ELAPSS, and UIATS.

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OBJECTIVE: To correlate the presence of objectively measured wall enhancement on high-resolution vessel wall imaging (HR-VWI) with the clinical predictive scales PHASES, ELAPSS, and UIATS. METHODS: Patients with unruptured intracranial aneurysm (UIAs) prospectively underwent HR-VWI on a 3-T magnetic resonance imaging scanner at diagnosis. Aneurysmal wall enhancement was objectively quantified on T1 postcontrast magnetic resonance imaging using signal intensity values adjusted for the pituitary stalk to calculate a contrast ratio (CRstalk). UIAs with CRstalk ≥0.60 were considered "enhancing." Patients' demographics, comorbidities, and aneurysm morphology were reviewed to calculate PHASES, ELAPSS, and UIATS scores. Pearson coefficients were applied for statistical correlation. Univariable and multivariable logistic regressions were performed to assess for confounders. RESULTS: One-hundred and twenty-three patients harboring 178 UIAs underwent HR-VWI. A total of 101 patients with 135 UIAs were analyzed. Enhancing UIAs were larger (8.4 ± 5.5 mm vs. 5.5 ± 2.3 mm; P < 0.001), had higher aspect ratio (2.3 ± 1.5 vs. 1.8 ± 0.7; P = 0.008), higher size ratio (3.0 ± 1.8 vs. 2.4 ± 1.1; P = 0.016), scored higher on PHASES (5.6 ± 3.9 vs. 4.4 ± 2.6; P = 0.04) and ELAPSS (19.4 ± 8.9 vs. 15.4 ± 7.3; P = 0.006) compared with nonenhancing UIAs. Treatment allocation as defined by UIATS was measured independently to enhancement status. No significant differences were found for UIATS between enhancing and nonenhancing UIAs (P = 0.63). Multivariable regression showed that size was the only independent factor significantly associated with UIA enhancement (odds ratio, 1.76; P = 0.005). CONCLUSIONS: Enhancing UIAs score higher in PHASES and ELAPSS scales. This association is largely explained by aneurysm size, aspect, and size ratios. Morphologic UIA features should be accounted for in clinical predictive scales of aneurysm instability.

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Cited Authors

  • Roa, JA; Sabotin, RP; Varon, A; Raghuram, A; Patel, D; Morris, TW; Ishii, D; Lu, Y; Hasan, DM; Samaniego, EA

Published Date

  • March 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 147 /

Start / End Page

  • e538 - e551

PubMed ID

  • 33388460

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1878-8769

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.wneu.2020.12.123


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States