Carotid-cavernous fistula caused by a ruptured intracavernous aneurysm: endovascular treatment by electrothrombosis with detachable coils

Neurosurgery. 1992 Sep;31(3):591-6; discussion 596-7. doi: 10.1227/00006123-199209000-00026.


A case of carotid-cavernous fistula caused by a ruptured intracavernous aneurysm is reported. The fistula was treated with electrothrombosis by the detachment of two platinum coils into the aneurysm via an endovascular transvenous approach; the fistula was closed, and the patient has recovered completely. The advantages of using electrodetachable platinum coils include thrombogenicity, controllable deposit, radiopacity, and biocompatibility.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arteriovenous Fistula / diagnostic imaging
  • Arteriovenous Fistula / etiology*
  • Arteriovenous Fistula / therapy
  • Carotid Artery Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Carotid Artery Diseases / etiology*
  • Carotid Artery Diseases / therapy
  • Cavernous Sinus*
  • Cerebral Angiography
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy / instrumentation*
  • Equipment Design
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / complications*
  • Rupture, Spontaneous