Double-stent Method: Therapeutic Alternative for Small Wide-Necked Aneurysms. Technical Note

J Neurosurg. 2004 Jan;100(1):150-4. doi: 10.3171/jns.2004.100.1.0150.


The authors present two cases of patients with small, acutely ruptured, wide-necked aneurysms of the distal vertebral artery that were not amenable to conventional coil embolization and were instead treated by means of a double-stent method in which one stent was placed inside another. Angiography performed immediately after the procedure revealed a significant reduction in aneurysm filling; total occlusion of the lesion was observed after 7 days and confirmed 6 months later in both aneurysms. By placing one stent inside the other, stent permeability can be reduced, which may result in significant hemodynamic changes with accelerated aneurysm thrombosis. This double-stent method may represent a therapeutic alternative, especially in cases of small, wide-necked aneurysms in which conventional endovascular techniques or stent-supported coil embolization is not considered feasible or is believed to be too dangerous, and surgical treatment is contra-indicated.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cerebral Angiography
  • Embolization, Therapeutic / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / diagnostic imaging
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / surgery*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Stents*
  • Vertebral Artery / diagnostic imaging
  • Vertebral Artery / surgery*