Use of Contralateral Trans-Anterior Communicating Artery Snare to Rescue Lost Access to a Pipeline Embolization Device Unsheathed in an Aneurysm
Journal of Neuroendovascular Therapy
Objective: A pipeline embolization device (PED; Medtronic, Minneapolis, MI, USA) is a new vascular reconstruction device used to treat large internal carotid artery (ICA) aneurysms in Japan. We herein present a PED-related complication and describe its rescue strategy. Rescue therapy using a snare via the posterior communicating artery from the contralateral side has already been reported. However, this is the first report of therapy via the anterior communicating artery (AcomA). Case
... on: A 49-year-old woman underwent vascular reconstruction with a PED for a large cavernous ICA aneurysm. During the placement of the PED, the proximal side of the PED slipped into the aneurysm. It was impossible to enter the true lumen of the PED from the proximal side because the orifice of the stent faced the aneurysmal wall. Contralateral trans-AcomA access to the PED was obtained through the distal ICA. The microwire from the distal ICA was connected with Goose Neck snares (Medtronic) from the proximal ICA. Pulling the snares to the proximal side, the PED was straightened and distal access was regained. Another PED was deployed such that it overlapped with the first PED to achieve vascular reconstruction. The patient finally recovered from aphasia, but paralysis of the right upper limb remained after rehabilitation. Conclusion: If the stent slips into the aneurysm, distal access through the true stent lumen may be very difficult. We presented a rescue technique for this complication, through the AcomA from the contralateral side.