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Rescue balloon procedure for an emergency situation during coil embolization for cerebral aneurysms. Technical note.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Neurosurgery
0022-3085
Publisher
Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group
Publication Date
Volume
96
Issue
2
Pages
373–376
Identifiers
PMID: 11838815
Source
Medline

Abstract

In this article the authors describe a rescue balloon procedure for coil implantation in three cases. In each patient, the coil seemed likely to unravel. The coils stretched when attempts were made to remove the partially implanted but trapped device. The inflation of a nondetachable microballoon in front of the aneurysm orifice allowed the surgeons to complete implantation of the coil and to avoid a more forceful and potentially harmful retrieval. This rescue balloon method may be useful for emergency situations, such as coil stretching with or without migration.

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