Traumatic intracranial aneurysms treated by intra-aneurysmal coil embolization

Takamitsu Tamura, Yugo Kishida, Masahiro Ichikawa, Taku Sato, Jun Sakuma, Kiyoshi Saito, Akio Hyodo

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Objective: We describe a rare case of traumatic ophthalmic artery and basilar artery aneurysms treated by pure intra-aneurysmal coil embolization without any complication, although aneurysmal recanalization occurred and also re-embolization was necessary. Traumatic basilar artery aneurysm is quite rare. Case Presentations: In this case, parent arteries of above aneurysms had no tolerance for cerebral blood flow in occlusion state, as shown by balloon occlusion tests. Additionally, these parent arteries had a high degree of operative difficulty with artery bypass, because of their anatomical locations. Thus, we decided to perform purely intra-aneurysmal coil embolizations. Careful procedures were required to prevent intra-procedural aneurysm rupture and recanalization, because the wall of the traumatic aneurysm is very fragile, similar to a pseudo-aneurysm. To prevent intra-procedural aneurysm rupture, a soft coil with variable diameter loops was choiced as the framing coil. Close follow-up by angiography at 1-to 3-week intervals was performed for earlier recognition of recanalization. Respectively, these aneurysms required only one additional coil embolization for recanalization caused by coil compaction. In sub-acute phase, maturation of the surrounding fibrous aneurysm wall might occur, and it reduced the potential for recanalization. Conclusion: If problems of intra-procedural aneurysm rupture and recanalization can be avoided, pure intra-aneurysmal coil embolization will be a suitable treatment for traumatic intracranial aneurysm. We recommend use of a soft coil as the framing coil and close follow-up with angiography until the subacute phase is reached.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-83
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Neuroendovascular Therapy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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