Cerebral Abscess Following Endovascular Treatment of Aneurysm: Report of 2 Cases and Review of the Literature

World Neurosurg. 2019 Jul:127:199-205. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2019.02.220. Epub 2019 Mar 27.


Introduction: Endovascular treatment is growing in popularity globally as an important treatment option for intracranial aneurysms. Cerebral infection as a complication of endovascular treatment of aneurysms is sufficiently rare that only 6 isolated cerebral abscess cases have been reported thus far.

Case report: In this report, we present 2 cerebral abscesses from 3 institutions, which developed after coil embolization of anterior communicating artery and middle cerebral artery aneurysms.

Conclusion: This report was written to discuss the possible mechanisms underlying cerebral abscess after endovascular treatment of aneurysms and to suggest potential treatment and prevention methods.

Keywords: Cerebral abscess; Cerebral aneurysm; Coil excision; Endovascular embolization; Infection.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Brain Abscess / diagnostic imaging*
  • Brain Abscess / drug therapy
  • Brain Abscess / etiology
  • Endovascular Procedures / adverse effects*
  • Endovascular Procedures / trends
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / diagnostic imaging*
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / surgery*
  • Male
  • Postoperative Complications / diagnostic imaging*
  • Postoperative Complications / drug therapy
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents