Intracerebral abscess formation following embolisation of an internal carotid artery aneurysm using Guglielmi detachable coils

Acta Neurochir (Wien). 2003 Aug;145(8):703-5; discussion 705-6. doi: 10.1007/s00701-003-0074-6.


Infection following endovascular therapy for cerebrovascular disease is a potential but rare complication. A 70-year-old lady in whom an intracranial abscess formed secondary to GDC embolisation of a giant right internal carotid artery aneurysm is reported. Computed tomography (CT) showed the abscess and staphylococcus aureus was cultured from the cerebrospinal fluid and blood. The abscess was successfully treated by antibiotic therapy. Infected Guglielmi detachable coils (GDC) may result in abscess formation in the presence of underlying cerebral ischaemia.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Brain Abscess / diagnosis
  • Brain Abscess / etiology*
  • Carotid Artery Diseases / diagnosis
  • Carotid Artery Diseases / therapy*
  • Carotid Artery, Internal* / diagnostic imaging
  • Carotid Artery, Internal* / pathology
  • Embolization, Therapeutic / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / diagnosis
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / therapy*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Staphylococcal Infections / diagnosis
  • Staphylococcal Infections / etiology
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed