Follow-up angiography of intracranial aneurysms treated with endovascular placement of Guglielmi detachable coils

Neurosurgery. 2002 Feb;50(2):239-49; discussion 249-50. doi: 10.1097/00006123-200202000-00003.


Objective: The success of endovascular treatment of intracranial aneurysms with Guglielmi detachable coils (GDCs) is dependent on the long-term exclusion of the aneurysm from the circulation. We reviewed our experience with the long-term angiographic follow-up monitoring of aneurysms that had been treated with GDCs.

Methods: All patients whose aneurysms had been treated with GDCs between January 1995 and August 1999 and who subsequently underwent follow-up angiography at 6 months or more were included in this study. We reviewed all of the angiographic findings, to determine the percentage of aneurysm occlusion on the initial angiograms and on the last available follow-up angiograms. The categories of aneurysm occlusion used were 100%, >or=95%, and less than 95% occlusion.

Results: One hundred thirty patients with 141 aneurysms underwent 143 endovascular coiling procedures and subsequently underwent angiographic follow-up monitoring of 6 months or more. There were 102 female and 28 male patients. The mean angiographic follow-up period was 16.7 months (range, 6-62 mo). The initial rates of occlusion were 100% for 56 aneurysms (39%), >or=95% for 65 aneurysms (46%), and less than 95% for 22 aneurysms (15%). Recurrence of one aneurysm (1.8%) was observed. Of the 87 aneurysms that were incompletely occluded initially, there was progressive thrombosis in 40 (46%), stable neck remnants in 23 (26%), and enlargement of the residual neck in 24 (28%). The final occlusion rates, determined on the last available angiograms, were 100% for 88 aneurysms (61%), >or=95% for 31 aneurysms (22%), and less than 95% for 24 aneurysms (17%). No patient experienced repeat or new subarachnoid hemorrhage more than 6 months after the initial treatment.

Conclusion: Late angiographic follow-up monitoring of aneurysms that have been treated with GDCs demonstrates the durability of the treatment. Aneurysms with large residual neck remnants were subjected to further treatment, whereas aneurysms with small residual neck remnants remain under observation.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cerebral Angiography*
  • Embolization, Therapeutic*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / diagnostic imaging
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / therapy*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications / diagnostic imaging*
  • Recurrence
  • Retrospective Studies