Endovascular Embolization with n-Butyl Cyanoacrylate for Ruptured Distal Posterior Inferior Cerebellar Artery Dissecting Aneurysm

Asian J Neurosurg. 2023 Sep 22;18(3):651-655. doi: 10.1055/s-0042-1757432. eCollection 2023 Sep.


Parent artery occlusion is a definitive treatment method for preventing rebleeding of dissecting aneurysms. We herein report a case of a ruptured distal posterior inferior cerebellar artery (PICA) dissecting aneurysm treated with internal trapping using n-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate (NBCA). A 65-year-old man visited our hospital with a complaint of headache and neck pain that began 1 week before his arrival. He had a history of spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhage of unknown cause. Computed tomography of the brain revealed a small amount of subarachnoid hemorrhage, and distal subtraction angiogram showed a distal PICA dissecting aneurysm. We placed a guiding catheter in the left vertebral artery and an intermediate catheter in the PICA. A microcatheter was guided toward the proximal side of the aneurysm and was wedged into the parent artery. The dissecting aneurysm was treated with parent artery occlusion using 50% NBCA. The postoperative course was uneventful, and the patient was discharged 3 weeks after treatment without any neurological deficit. Parent artery occlusion with internal trapping using NBCA could be a safe and definitive treatment method for distal PICA dissecting aneurysms. Angiographical evaluation of the collateral network in the distal branch of PICA before embolization and wedged microcatheter technique in the parent artery are important for successful embolization using NBCA.

Keywords: angiographical collateral network; distal PICA dissecting aneurysm; n-butyl-2-Cyanoacrylate; parent artery occlusion; wedged microcatheter technique.

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