What are considerations regarding endovascular coiling for the treatment of cerebral aneurysms in elderly patients?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: David S Liebeskind, MD, FAAN, FAHA, FANA; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Although endovascular coiling is a feasible, effective treatment for many elderly patients with ruptured and unruptured intracranial aneurysms, careful patient selection is crucial in view of the risks of the procedure, which may outweigh the risk of rupture in some patients with unruptured aneurysms, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis that included 21 studies of 1511 patients aged 65 years or older. [15, 16]

In this study, long-term occlusion was achieved in 79% of patients. [16] The rate of perioperative stroke (4%) was similar for patients with unruptured and ruptured aneurysms. Intraprocedural rupture occurred in 1% of patients with unruptured aneurysms and in 4% of patients with ruptured aneurysms. Perioperative mortality was 23% for patients with ruptured aneurysms and 1% for those with unruptured aneurysms. At 1-year follow-up, 93% of patients with unruptured aneurysms and 66% of patients with ruptured aneurysms had good outcomes.


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