Introduction: The purpose of the study is to describe our experience in eight cases of horizontal stenting across the circle of Willis in patients with terminal aneurysms.
Methods: Eight patients were treated with horizontal stent placement and aneurysm coiling. All aneurysms had highly unfavourable dome to neck ratios. All patients were followed up with digital subtraction angiography at 3-12 months following treatment.
Results: The Enterprise stent was successfully deployed horizontally in vessels of less than 2-mm diameter with no stent occlusion. Neurological complications occurred in one patient. Immediate and follow-up angiographic results were encouraging with six stable occlusions at 6 months. There was one asymptomatic case of in-stent stenosis and one case of late organised in-stent thrombus.
Conclusions: Horizontal deployment of the Enterprise stent to assist coil embolisation of wide-necked terminal aneurysms is feasible. This device can be navigated via relatively small communicating arteries, in cases with favourable anatomy. Early angiographic results were favourable; however, longer-term follow-up will be required.