Complications of catheter cerebral arteriography: analysis of 5,000 procedures. I. Criteria and incidence

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1978 Nov;131(5):861-5. doi: 10.2214/ajr.131.5.861.


Computer analysis of complications of 5,000 catheter cerebral arteriograms performed at four hospitals (two training and two nontraining) revealed a total of 68 complications (1.4%). Eight (0.16%) of these complications were major: five patients required thrombectomy or embolectomy, two had permanent neurologic deficits, and one patient died. The complication rate for the training hospitals (3.9%) was significantly higher than that for the nontraining hospitals (0.9%), but the rates of permanent complications were identical in both groups (0.1%). Reporting criteria and complication types are described.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain Diseases / etiology*
  • Catheterization / adverse effects*
  • Cerebral Angiography / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Embolism and Thrombosis / etiology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Neurologic Manifestations