Background: Wide-necked, saccular, dissecting, and fusiform intracranial aneurysms are poor coil retainers. Retention can be improved by parent-artery stenting across the aneurysm.
Methods: We used a balloon-expandable stent and delivery system, intending to treat 38 aneurysms in 36 patients. Stents could not be advanced across the neck of 2 aneurysms near the ophthalmic artery origin. These cases were managed by temporary balloon remodeling and coiling. Stenting alone was done for 15 aneurysms, including 7 in vertebral artery V4 segments. Stenting with immediate or delayed coiling was done in 21 aneurysms.
Results: Stenting alone caused immediate and complete obliteration of 1 treated aneurysm (7%), subtotal obliteration in 13 treated (86%) aneurysms, and was associated with 1 failure. Stenting and coiling yielded a significantly better 57% complete obliteration rate, 43% subtotal obliteration, and no failures. There were 5 complications: 1 wire perforation, 2 cavernous-carotid-sinus fistulae, and 2 partial in-stent thromboses. All were controlled or cleared with no long-term sequelae or deaths. Contrast imaging at 1 to 12 months was available for 30 patients (13 stent-only, 17 stent-plus-coiling), demonstrating complete obliteration in 25 (83%) and subtotal obliteration in 5. A total of 7 stent-only aneurysms (4 V4s) were completely obliterated, and 3 (all V4s) were > or = 90% obliterated.
Conclusion: Stenting and coiling through the wall of the stent resulted in 88% (15/17) complete obliteration when imaged 1 to 12 months after treatment. Stenting alone effectively closed off V4-segment wide-necked aneurysms but was inferior to stenting and coiling in less mobile vessels.