Early aneurysm recurrence after technically satisfactory Guglielmi detachable coil therapy: is early surveillance needed? Case report

J Neurosurg. 2000 Feb;92(2):355-8. doi: 10.3171/jns.2000.92.2.0355.


Guglielmi detachable coil (GDC) therapy was initially intended as a treatment for select patients harboring aneurysms deemed to be at high risk for clip ligation. As experience with the technique has grown, many centers are now offering GDC therapy as a primary treatment to patients who are also good surgical candidates. The authors report a case in which a ruptured anterior communicating artery aneurysm recurred within 2 weeks of a technically satisfactory GDC procedure. The patient subsequently underwent successful surgery for clip ligation of the lesion. This is the earliest reported recurrence of an aneurysm after angiographically confirmed successful GDC therapy and underscores the need for performing early control angiography in patients undergoing this procedure.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aneurysm, Ruptured / diagnostic imaging
  • Aneurysm, Ruptured / surgery*
  • Anterior Cerebral Artery / diagnostic imaging
  • Anterior Cerebral Artery / surgery
  • Cerebral Angiography
  • Embolization, Therapeutic*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / diagnostic imaging
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / surgery*
  • Middle Aged
  • Recurrence
  • Surgical Instruments*