Interventional

Large Basilar Apex Aneurysms Treated with Flow-Diverter Stents

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The authors report their experience treating basilar apex aneurysms with flow-diverter stents and evaluate their efficacy and safety profile in this specific condition. Of the 175 aneurysms treated with flow-diverter stents at their institution, 5 patients received flow-diverter stents for basilar apex aneurysms. The mean follow-up after stent deployment was 21 months. They conclude that flow diversion is a feasible technique with an efficacy demonstrated at a midterm follow-up, especially in the case of basilar apex aneurysm recurrences after previous endovascular treatments.

Risk of Thrombus Fragmentation during Endovascular Stroke Treatment

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The authors evaluated the potential relationship between thrombus histology and clot stability in 85 patients with anterior circulation stroke treated with thrombectomy. The number and location of emboli after retrieving the primary thrombus, the number of maneuvers, and TICI scores were evaluated. H&E and neutrophil elastase staining of retrieved clots was performed. An inverse correlation between maneuvers required for thrombus retrieval and the number of distal and intermediate emboli was observed. Younger patients were at higher risk for periprocedural thrombus fragmentation. Bridging thrombolysis tended to be associated with fewer maneuvers but more emboli. They conclude that younger age, easy-to-retrieve thrombi, and bridging thrombolysis may be risk factors for periprocedural thrombus fragmentation. Higher neutrophil levels in the thrombus tissue were related to an increased risk of periprocedural thrombus fragmentation.

Feasibility of Flat Panel Detector CT in Perfusion Assessment of Brain Arteriovenous Malformations: Initial Clinical Experience

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Five patients with brain arteriovenous malformations were studied with flat panel detector CT, DSC-MR imaging, and vessel-encoded pseudocontinuous arterial spin-labeling. Flat panel detector CT, which was originally thought to measure blood volume, correlated more closely with ASL-CBF and DSC-CBF than with DSC-CBV. Flat panel detector CT perfusion depends on the time point chosen for data collection, which is triggered early in patients with AVMs. This finding, in combination with high data variability, makes flat panel detector CT inappropriate for perfusion assessment in brain AVMs.

Evaluation of Collaterals and Clot Burden Using Time-Resolved C-Arm Conebeam CT Angiography in the Angiography Suite: A Feasibility Study

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Ten C-arm conebeam CT perfusion datasets from 10 subjects with acute ischemic stroke acquired before endovascular treatment were retrospectively processed to generate time-resolved conebeam CTA. From time-resolved conebeam CTA, 2 experienced readers evaluated the clot burden and collateral flow in consensus by using previously reported scoring systems and assessed the clinical value of this novel imaging technique. The 2 readers agreed that time-revolved C-arm conebeam CTA was the preferred method for evaluating the clot burden and collateral flow compared with other conventional imaging methods. They conclude that comprehensive evaluations of clot burden and collateral flow are feasible by using time-resolved C-arm conebeam CTA data acquired in the angiography suite.

Hydrogel versus Bare Platinum Coils in Patients with Large or Recurrent Aneurysms Prone to Recurrence after Endovascular Treatment: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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This Level 1 expedited report was a pragmatic, multicenter, parallel, randomized (1:1) trial evaluating patients who were at high risk of aneurysm recurrence after endovascular treatment, including patients with large aneurysms (Patients Prone to Recurrence After Endovascular Treatment PRET-1) or with aneurysms that had previously recurred after coiling (PRET-2). The trial was stopped once 250 patients in PRET-1 and 197 in PRET-2 had been recruited because of slow accrual. A poor primary outcome occurred in 44.4% of those in PRET-1 allocated to platinum compared with 52.5% of patients allocated to hydrogel and in 49.0% in PRET-2 allocated to platinum compared with 42.1% allocated to hydrogel. Adverse events and morbidity were similar. The authors conclude that coiling of large and recurrent aneurysms is safe but often poorly effective according to angiographic results. Hydrogel coiling was not shown to be better than platinum.

Endovascular Stroke Treatment of Nonagenarians

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The purpose of this study was the evaluation of procedural and outcome data of patients 90 years of age or older undergoing endovascular stroke treatment. The authors retrospectively analyzed prospectively collected data of 29 patients (mean age 91.9 years) in whom endovascular stroke treatment was performed between January 2011 and January 2016 (from a cohort of 615 patients). Successful recanalization (TICI % 2b) was achieved in 22 patients (75.9%). In 9 patients, an NIHSS improvement ≥ 10 points was noted between admission and discharge. After 3 months, 17.2% of the patients had an mRS of 0-2. Despite high mortality rates (∼45%) and moderate overall outcome, 17.2% of the patients achieved mRS 0-2 or prestroke mRS, and no serious procedure-related complications occurred.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE

Although endovascular treatment has become a standard therapy in patients with acute stroke, the benefit for very old patients remains uncertain. The purpose of this study was the evaluation of procedural and outcome data of patients ≥90 years undergoing endovascular stroke treatment.

MATERIALS AND METHODS

We retrospectively analyzed prospectively collected data of patients ≥90 years in whom endovascular stroke treatment was performed between January 2011 and January 2016. Recanalization was assessed according to the TICI score. The clinical condition was evaluated on admission (NIHSS, prestroke mRS), at discharge (NIHSS), and after 3 months (mRS).

RESULTS

Twenty-nine patients met the inclusion criteria for this analysis. The median prestroke mRS was 2. Successful recanalization (TICI ≥ 2b) was achieved in 22 patients (75.9%). In 9 patients, an NIHSS improvement ≥ 10 points was noted between admission and discharge. After 3 months, 17.2% of the patients had an mRS of 0–2 or exhibited prestroke mRS, and 24.1% achieved mRS 0–3. Mortality rate was 44.8%. There was only 1 minor procedure-related complication (small SAH without clinical

Endovascular Therapy of M2 Occlusion in IMS III: Role of M2 Segment Definition and Location on Clinical and Revascularization Outcomes

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The authors reviewed the impact of revascularization on clinical outcomes in 83 patients with M2 occlusions in the Interventional Management of Stroke III trial according to specific M1–M2 segment anatomic features. AnmRS 0–2 outcome was associated with reperfusion for M2 trunk (n = 9) or M2 division (n = 42) occlusions, but not for M2 branch occlusions (n = 28). Of the 83 participants with M2 occlusion who underwent endovascular therapy, 41.0% achieved mRS 0–2 at 90 days, including 46.6% with modified TICI 2–3 reperfusion compared with 26.1% with modified TICI 0–1 reperfusion. They conclude that mRS 0–2 at 90 days was dependent on reperfusion for M2 trunk but not for M2 branch occlusions in IMS III.

Abstract

Figure 1 from paper
A, Right M1 trunk gives rise to the ATA with the posterior temporal branch filling on microcatheter injection. B, Lateral view baseline common carotid arteriogram confirms mid- and posterior temporal lobe cortical supply from the patent posterior temporal artery.

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE

Uncertainty persists regarding the safety and efficacy of endovascular therapy of M2 occlusions following IV tPA. We reviewed the impact of revascularization on clinical outcomes in 83 patients with M2 occlusions in the Interventional Management of Stroke III trial according to specific M1-M2 segment anatomic features.

MATERIALS AND METHODS

Perfusion of any M2 branch distinguished M2-versus-M1 occlusion. Prespecified modified TICI and arterial occlusive lesion revascularization and clinical mRS 0–2 end points at 90 days for endovascular therapy–treated M2 occlusions were analyzed. Post hoc analyses of the relationship of outcomes to multiple baseline angiographic M2 and M1 subgroup characteristics were performed.

RESULTS

Of 83 participants with M2 occlusion who underwent endovascular therapy, 41.0% achieved mRS 0–2 at 90 days, including 46.6% with modified TICI 2–3 reperfusion compared with 26.1% with modified TICI 0–1 reperfusion (risk

Emergent Endovascular Management of Long-Segment and Flow-Limiting Carotid Artery Dissections in Acute Ischemic Stroke Intervention with Multiple Tandem Stents

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The authors investigated the role of emergent endovascular stenting of long-segment carotid dissections in the acute ischemic stroke setting in 15 patients. They specifically evaluated long-segment carotid dissections requiring stent reconstruction with multiple tandem stents (≥ 3 stents) and presenting with acute (<12 hours) ischemic stroke symptoms (NIHSS score, ≥ 4). Carotid stent reconstruction was successful in all patients with no residual stenosis or flow limitation. Nine patients (60%) harbored intracranial occlusions, and 6 patients (40%) required intra-arterial thrombolysis/thrombectomy, achieving 100% TICI 2b–3 reperfusion. They conclude that emergent stent reconstruction of long-segment and flow-limiting carotid dissections in acute ischemic stroke intervention is safe and effective, with favorable clinical outcomes.

Yield of Repeat 3D Angiography in Patients with Aneurysmal-Type Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the yield of repeat 3D rotational angiography in patients with aneurysmal-type SAH with negative initial 3D rotational angiography findings. Between March 2013 andJanuary 2016, 292 patients with SAH and an aneurysmal bleeding pattern were admitted, with 30 having initial negative 3D rotational angiography findings within 24 hours. These patients underwent a second 3D rotational angiography after 7–10 days. In 8/30 patients (over 26%) with initial negative 3D rotational angiography findings, a ruptured aneurysm wasfound on repeat 3D rotational angiography. The investigators conclude that repeat 3D rotational angiography is mandatory in patients with initial 3D rotational angiography findings negative for aneurysmal-type SAH.

Abstract

Figure 2 from paper
A 62-year-old woman with initial negative findings on 3DRA. A, 3DRA within 24 hours after SAH shows no aneurysm. B, Repeat 3DRA after 10 days shows an 8-mm supraclinoid internal artery dissecting aneurysm.

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE

Aneurysmal-type subarachnoid hemorrhage is a serious disease with high morbidity and mortality. When no aneurysm is found, the patient remains at risk for rebleeding. Negative findings for SAH on angiography range from 2% to 24%. Most previous studies were based on conventional 2D imaging. 3D rotational angiography depicts more aneurysms than 2D angiography. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the yield of repeat 3D rotational angiography in patients with aneurysmal-type SAH with negative initial 3D rotational angiography findings and to classify the initial occult aneurysms.

MATERIALS AND METHODS

Between March 2013 and January 2016, 292 patients with SAH and an aneurysmal bleeding pattern were admitted. Of these 292 patients, 30 (10.3%; 95% CI, 7.3%–14.3%) had initial negative 3D rotational angiography findings within 24 hours. These patients underwent a second 3D rotational angiography after 7–10 days.

RESULTS

In 8 of 30 patients (26.7%; 95% CI, 14.0%–44.7%) with initial negative 3D

Mechanical Thrombectomy in Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke and Lower NIHSS Scores: Recanalization Rates, Periprocedural Complications, and Clinical Outcome

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This is a retrospective analysis of 484 patients in a prospectively collected stroke data base. The inclusion criteria were anterior circulation ischemic stroke treated with mechanical thrombectomy at a single institution between September 2010 and October 2015 with an NIHSS score of ≤8. The purpose was to assess the clinical and interventional data in patients treated with mechanical thrombectomy in case of ischemic stroke with mild-to-moderate symptoms (n = 33). Recanalization (TICI 2b–3) was achieved in 26 (78.7%) patients. Two cases of symptomatic intracranial hemorrhage occurred. Favorable (mRS 0–2) and moderate (mRS 0–3) clinical 90-day outcome was achieved in 63.6% and 90.9% of patients, respectively. The authors conclude that the clinical outcome of patients undergoing mechanical thrombectomy for acute ischemic mild stroke due to large-vessel occlusion is predominately favorable, even in a prolonged time window.