Free Editor Choice: Y-stent Coiling for Cerebral Aneurysms

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.

From: A Multicenter Study of Stent-Assisted Coiling of Cerebral Aneurysms With a Y Configuration by Fargen et al.

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