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|NI FEATURE: FACING ADVERSITY…TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY! - LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2017 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 377-378
Inadequate expansion lead to delayed Enterprise stent migration
Li Li1, Peng Li2, Liangfu Zhu2, Tianxiao Li2
1 Department of Cerebral Disease, People's Hospital of Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, China
2 Department of Intervention, People's Hospital of Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, China
|Date of Web Publication||10-Mar-2017|
Dr. Tianxiao Li
Department of Intervention, People's Hospital of Zhengzhou University, No. 7 Weiwu Road, Zhengzhou - 450003
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Li L, Li P, Zhu L, Li T. Inadequate expansion lead to delayed Enterprise stent migration. Neurol India 2017;65:377-8
A 58-year-old male patient was diagnosed to be having subarachnoid hemorrhage. A basilar apex aneurysm of size 8.0 × 10.0 mm with a 4.5 mm-wide neck was observed. The neck was deviated to the left side and the left posterior cerebral artery was arising from it. Stent assisted coil embolization was conducted. After placing three coils, the Enterprise stent (Cordis, Johnson & Johnson, USA) was placed. The distal end of the Enterprise stent was located in the origin of P2 and the proximal end of the Enterprise stent was located in the middle of the basilar artery. Coils were used to completely embolize the aneurysms. The check angiogram showed a satisfactory position of the stent, the aneurysm being completely embolized, and a patent parent artery. The follow-up cerebral angiography 18 months later demonstrated proximal migration of the Enterprise stent. The distal end of the Enterprise stent migrated from the original of P2 to the tip of the basilar artery [Figure 1]. The patient remained asymptomatic.
|Figure 1: (a) A basilar apex aneurysm with wide-neck that involved the left PCA; (b) after some coils were detached, the Enterprise stent was released; (c) at the end of the treatment, the aneurysm was totally embolized and the parent artery remained patent. Red arrows shown the distal and proximal marks of the stent; (d) An 18 month follow-up showed migration of the stent. Red arrows showed the distal and proximal marks of the stent; (e) An 18 month follow-up showed total embolization of the aneurysm and patency of the parent artery|
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Closed cell design of the Enterprise stent and the local anatomy were considered as the main mechanisms responsible for the delayed stent migration.,, Up to now, four cases of delayed spontaneous stent migration have been reported [Table 1].,,,
|Table 1: Characteristics of previously reported cases and current case of delayed Enterprise stent migration|
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Other reasons that might have contributed to the delayed migration of the Enterprise stent may also have existed. In our case, the manufacturer recommended the microcatheter pull-back unsheathing technique to release the stent. This technique may have resulted in the development of a significant incomplete apposition between the stent and the outer curve of the wall of the vessel. According to Heller and Malek, a combined microcatheter pull-back and delivery microwire push technique to ensure that the microcatheter tip is centered within the lumen of the vessel during stent deployment is the best method to properly expand the Enterprise stent.
Furthermore, the timing of deployment of the stent, that is, whether it is done before or after the coil deployment, plays an important role in ensuring stent apposition to the vessel wall. In the case of wide-neck aneurysms, some loops of the first detached coil may protrude out of the aneurysmal sac into the lumen of the parent artery. At this time, though the Enterprise stent is released, it is hard to push the break-out coil loops back to the aneurysm sac because of limited radial force of this stent.
The two factors discussed above resulted in the incomplete stent apposition at the neck of the aneurysms. Inadequate expansion of the stent increases the gap between the diameters of the basilar artery (BA) and the posterior cerebral artery (PCA). The bigger the gap between the diameter of these vessels, the lower is the force required to drag the stent downward.
Overall, the delivery technique of 'dynamic push-pull' and 'stent release before coil filling the aneurysmal sac' method will help in better stent apposition to avoid its delayed migration.
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