Object: In recent years, endovascular treatment of cerebral artery aneurysms (CAAs) has received greater attention. The authors evaluated patient demographics, endovascular and surgical approaches, and basic outcomes in the treatment of CAAs in a nationally representative administrative database.
Methods: Using the Nationwide Inpatient Sample from 1998 to 2003, diagnosed CAA coded as either an unruptured or ruptured lesion and treated with surgical clip occlusion, wrapping combined with endovascular repair, or endovascular repair alone was included in the present study.
Results: Treatment of CAAs significantly increased for unruptured (from 4036 to 8334 cases, p = 0.002) but not ruptured (from 9330 to 11,269 cases, p = 0.231) lesions. Endovascular treatment of CAAs in particular also increased in patients with unruptured (from 11 to 43%, p < 0.001) and ruptured (from 5 to 31%, p < 0.001) lesions. In 2003, the mortality rate associated with unruptured CAAs treated using clip occlusion (1.36%) or endovascular repair (1.41%) was similar, whereas rate differences were noted between these treatments for ruptured CAAs (12.7% for clip occlusion compared with 16.6% for endovascular repair; p = 0.05). Endovascular treatment of unruptured CAAs was associated with a shorter length of stay (LOS) and higher rate of discharge to home compared with those for clip occlusion. The LOS was also shorter in patients with endovascularly treated ruptured CAAs. Aneurysm type (odds ratio [OR] 10.1, ruptured lesion), patient age (OR 1.28, each 10 years), comorbid conditions (OR 1.08, each condition), and hospital case volume (OR 0.97, each additional case) were significant predictors of death in the regression model.
Conclusions: Endovascular techniques for the treatment of CAAs are being used increasingly in the US, although the majority of patients with this pathological entity still undergo surgical clip occlusion. In cases of unruptured CAAs, endovascular treatment is associated with a shorter LOS and higher discharge-to-home rate. Aneurysm status, patient age, comorbid conditions, and hospital case volume are significant predictors of death. Finally, demographic differences exist between the populations presenting with unruptured or ruptured CAAs.