Purpose: Wide-necked bifurcation aneurysms, partially thrombosed, and recurrences of large and giant aneurysms are challenging to treat. We report our preliminary experience with a Contour-assisted coiling technique and discuss the periprocedural safety, feasibility, and effectiveness of the approach.
Methods: We retrospectively reviewed consecutive patients who received endovascular treatment for intracranial aneurysms with an intra-aneurysmal flow disruptor (Contour) at two neurovascular centres between October 2018 and December 2020 and identified patients treated with a combination of Contour and platinum coils. Clinical and procedural data were recorded.
Results: For this analysis, 8 patients (5 female) aged 60.1 ± 9.2 years on average were identified. Three of 8 aneurysms were associated with previous acute subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). The mean average dome height was 12.8 ± 7.6 mm, mean maximum dome width 10.3 ± 5.4 mm, and neck width 5.5 ± 2.5 mm. The mean dome-to-neck ratio was 1.9 ± 1.0. Immediate complete occlusion of the aneurysm was seen in 5 of 8 cases. In one SAH patient, a parent vessel was temporarily occluded but could be reopened rapidly. One device detached prematurely without any sequelae. No other procedural adverse events were recorded.
Conclusion: From this initial experience, Contour with adjunctive coiling is a safe and technically feasible method for endovascular treatment of large, wide-necked, partially thrombosed, recurrent, or ruptured bifurcation aneurysms. Further studies with larger numbers of patients and longer follow-up are needed to confirm our results.
Keywords: Aneurysm; coiling; contour; flowdisruption; jailing.