Z-shaped microcatheter tip shaping for embolization of aneurysms at the proximal A1 segment of the anterior cerebral artery: a technical note

Neurointervention. 2011 Aug;6(2):95-9. doi: 10.5469/neuroint.2011.6.2.95. Epub 2011 Aug 31.


Embolization of an aneurysm at the proximal A1 segment of the anterior cerebral artery (ACA) is technically challenging. We treated four consecutive patients with unruptured aneurysms at the proximal portion of the A1 segment of the ACA. We tested various microcatheter tip shapes before we successfully embolized a lesion with a zigzag-shaped microcatheter tip, which was made by steam shaping. The shape of this microcatheter tip resembled the letter "Z", had a relatively long distal straight segment and was helpful in prompt catheterization of the aneurysm sac and stable placement of the catheter and delivery of coils.

Keywords: Anterior cerebral artery; Catheters; Endovascular techniques; Intracranial aneurysms.