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Flow Diversion Treatment of Anterior Communicating Artery Region Aneurysms

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Journal of Neuroradiology

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Reports on flow diversion treatment of aneurysms beyond the Circle of Willis are limited, with few series dedicated to anterior communicating artery region aneurysms. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the pipeline embolization device in the treatment of anterior communicating artery region aneurysms.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: The neuro-interventional database of a single institution was retrospectively reviewed for anterior communicating artery aneurysms treated with the pipeline embolization device between November 2016 and December 2018. Data on clinical presentation, aneurysm location, type, vessel size, procedural complications, clinical and imaging follow-up were analyzed.

RESULTS: Ten patients with 11 anterior communicating artery aneurysms were included. Procedural success was achieved in 9/10 patients (90%). Flow diversion with the pipeline embolization device yielded occlusion in 100% of patients at 6.5 months. Symptomatic ischemic complications occurred in 2/10 patients (20%); only one of who had permanent symptoms. Hemorrhagic groin complications were encountered in 2/10 patients (20%). There were no deaths and no cerebral hemorrhagic complications.

CONCLUSIONS: Flow diversion therapy may provide a feasible solution for anterior communicating artery region aneurysms that are not amenable to traditional surgical or endovascular modalities.