A multicenter study of stent-assisted coiling of cerebral aneurysms with a Y configuration

Neurosurgery. 2013 Sep;73(3):466-72. doi: 10.1227/NEU.0000000000000015.


Background: Stent-assisted coiling with 2 stents in a Y configuration is a technique for coiling complex wide-neck bifurcation aneurysms.

Objective: We sought to provide long-term clinical and angiographic outcomes with Y-stent coiling, which are not currently established.

Methods: Seven centers provided deidentified, retrospective data on all consecutive patients who underwent stent-assisted coiling for an intracranial aneurysm with a Y-stent configuration.

Results: Forty-five patients underwent treatment by Y-stent coiling. Their mean age was 57.9 years. Most aneurysms were basilar apex (87%), and 89% of aneurysms were unruptured. Mean size was 9.9 mm. Most aneurysms were treated with 1 open-cell and 1 closed-cell stent (51%), with 29% treated with open-open stents and 16% treated with 2 closed-cell stents. Initial aneurysm occlusion was excellent (84% in Raymond grade I or II). Procedural complications occurred in 11% of patients. Mean clinical follow-up was 7.8 months, and 93% of patients had a modified Rankin Scale score of 0 to 2 at last follow-up. Mean angiographic follow-up was 9.8 months, and 92% of patients had Raymond grade I or II occlusion on follow-up imaging. Of those patients with initial Raymond grade III occlusion and follow-up imaging, all but 1 patient progressed to a better occlusion grade (83%; P < .05). Three aneurysms required retreatment because of recanalization (10%). There was no difference in initial or follow-up angiographic occlusion, clinical outcomes, incidence of aneurysm retreatment, or in-stent stenosis among open-open, open-closed, or closed-closed stent groups.

Conclusion: In a large multicenter series of Y-stent coiling for bifurcation aneurysms, there were low complication rates and excellent clinical and angiographic outcomes.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cerebral Angiography
  • Embolization, Therapeutic / instrumentation*
  • Embolization, Therapeutic / methods*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / surgery*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prostheses and Implants
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Stents*
  • Survival Rate
  • Treatment Outcome