Development of "de novo" aneurysms following endovascular procedures

Neuroradiology. 2002 Jul;44(7):604-9. doi: 10.1007/s00234-001-0732-4. Epub 2002 Jun 13.


Two personal cases of "de novo" aneurysms of the anterior communicating artery (ACoA) occurring 9 and 4 years, respectively, after endovascular carotid occlusion are described. A review of the 30 reported cases (including our own two) of "de novo" aneurysms after occlusion of the major cerebral vessels has shown some features, including a rather long time interval after the endovascular procedure of up to 20-25 years (average 9.6 years), a preferential ACoA (36.3%) and internal carotid artery-posterior communicating artery (ICA-PCoA) (33.3%) location of the "de novo" aneurysms, and a 10% rate of multiple aneurysms. These data are compared with those of the group of reported spontaneous "de novo" aneurysms after SAH or previous aneurysm clipping. We agree that the frequency of "de novo" aneurysms after major-vessel occlusion (two among ten procedures in our series, or 20%) is higher than commonly reported (0 to 11%). For this reason, we suggest that patients who have been submitted to endovascular major-vessel occlusion be followed up for up to 20-25 years after the procedure, using non-invasive imaging studies such as MR angiography and high-resolution CT angiography. On the other hand, periodic digital angiography has a questionable risk-benefit ratio; it may be used when a "de novo" aneurysm is detected or suspected on non-invasive studies. The progressive enlargement of the ACoA after carotid occlusion, as described in our case 1, must be considered a radiological finding of risk for "de novo" aneurysm formation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Carotid Artery, Internal / diagnostic imaging
  • Carotid Artery, Internal / surgery
  • Embolization, Therapeutic*
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / diagnostic imaging
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / surgery
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / therapy*
  • Ligation
  • Male
  • Radiography, Interventional
  • Recurrence
  • Time Factors