(June 21, 2016) A recently introduced technology called the Pipeline Embolization Device (PED) can provide a less-invasive approach for difficult-to-treat aneurysms of the arteries supplying blood to the front of the brain, reports a study in the July issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, published by Wolters Kluwer.
Originally developed for use in deeper areas of the brain, the PED is also safe and effective for aneurysms of more “superficial” brain blood vessels that are challenging to treat by conventional methods, according to the study by Dr. Adnan H. Siddiqui, MD, PhD, of University at Buffalo, N.Y., and colleagues.
High Success Rate with Pipeline Device for Difficult Aneurysms
The researchers reviewed the outcomes of PED treatment for brain aneurysms of the “distal anterior” circulation in 28 patients. The patients—18 women and ten men, average age 52 years—were treated at ten US neurosurgery centers between 2011 and 2013.
An aneurysm is a weakened spot in a blood vessel wall. If the aneurysm enlarges or ruptures (breaks), it can cause a stroke or life-threatening bleeding in the brain. The PED was approved in 2011 for treatment of aneurysms in the main artery supplying the front of the brain (internal carotid artery).