Vascular Stents in the Management of Intracranial Aneurysms
Affiliation: Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Division, Neurosurgery Department, Tufts University Medical Center, Boston, MA 02111, USA.
Cerebral aneurysms, especially wide-necked ones, pose a great threat to human health. With rapid technological advances in the field of endovascular treatment, wide-necked intracranial aneurysms are no longer a problem for endovascular therapists who can use balloon-remodeling technique, 3D coils, stents, covered stents and partially covered stents in the management of these aneurysms. However, stent-assisted technique has been increasingly used in the treatment of intracranial aneurysms with increased effects. This article reviews the use of stents and the stenting techniques in the treatment of intracranial wide-necked aneurysms, the pros and cons of different stenting techniques, and future developments in the form of patents.
Keywords: Stents, intracranial aneurysm, wide neck, endovascular, Cerebral aneurysms, balloon-remodeling technique, noninvasive cerebrovascular imaging, Neuroform microstent, SOLO stent, Leo stent, closed-strut design, Y-stenting technique
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