Original Article| Volume 24, ISSUE 8, P1865-1872, August 2015

Bilateral Cavernous Carotid Aneurysms: The Growth Potential of a Contralateral Aneurysm after Therapeutic Unilateral Internal Carotid Artery Occlusion


      Although the introduction of flow-diverter stents has been recognized as a major revolution in the treatment of cavernous carotid aneurysms (CCAs), therapeutic internal carotid artery occlusion (TICAO) remains a reliable procedure for alleviating symptoms caused by CCAs. However, TICAO has the potential risk of the enlargement of coexisting aneurysms that are frequently detected in CCA patients. The purpose of this study is to assess the occurrence of the enlargement of aneurysms coexisting with CCAs after TICAO.


      We reviewed medical charts of CCA patients who were managed using unilateral TICAO. Coexisting aneurysms were identified using angiograms obtained before TICAO, and imaging data in long follow-up periods were retrospectively examined to determine the extent of the enlargement after TICAO.


      Of 12 patients with CCAs, 10 had 12 coexisting aneurysms; 5 of the coexisting aneurysms (41.7%) showed enlargement during a mean follow-up period of 8.1 years, and all enlarged aneurysms were smaller of the bilateral CCAs; the larger CCA had been managed by TICAO. Five of 6 (83.3%) patients with bilateral CCAs showed enlargement of the contralateral aneurysm after TICAO. Two contralateral CCAs showed marked enlargement after TICAO and were subsequently treated with stent-assisted coil embolization.


      Contralateral, smaller aneurysms frequently enlarge after unilateral TICAO in patients with bilateral CCAs. The findings emphasize the importance of long-term observation after TICAO and appropriate interventions against enlarging contralateral aneurysms.

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