LVIS Blue as a low porosity stent and coil adjuvant

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IntroductionThe LVIS Blue is an FDA-approved stent with 28% metallic coverage that is indicated for use in conjunction with coil embolization for the treatment of intracranial aneurysms. Given a porosity similar to approved flow diverters and higher than currently available intracranial stents, we sought to evaluate the effectiveness of this device for the treatment of intracranial aneurysms.MethodsWe performed an observational single-center study to evaluate initial occlusion and occlusion at 6-month follow-up for patients treated with the LVIS Blue in conjunction with coil embolization at our institution using the modified Raymond–Roy classification (mRRC), where mRRC 1 indicates complete embolization, mRRC 2 persistent opacification of the aneurysm neck, mRRC 3a filling of the aneurysm dome within coil interstices, and mRRC 3b filling of the aneurysm dome.ResultsSixteen aneurysms were treated with the LVIS Blue device in conjunction with coil embolization with 6-month angiographic follow-up. Aneurysms were treated throughout the intracranial circulation: five proximal internal carotid artery (ICA) (ophthalmic or communicating segments), two superior cerebellar artery, two ICA terminus, two anterior communicating artery, two distal middle cerebral artery, one posterior inferior cerebellar artery, and two basilar tip aneurysms. Post-procedurally, there was one mRRC 1 closure, five mRRC 2 closures, and 10 mRRC 3a or 3b occlusion. At follow-up, all the mRRC 1 and mRRC 3a closures, 85% of the mRRC 3b closures and 75% of the mRRC 2 closures were stable or improved to an mRRC 1 or 2 at follow-up.ConclusionsThe LVIS Blue represents a safe option as a coil adjunct for endovascular embolization within both the proximal and distal anterior and posterior circulation.

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