Volume versus standard coils in the treatment of intracranial aneurysms

Johannes Kaesmacher, Christina Müller-Leisse, Thomas Huber, Tobias Boeckh-Behrens, Bernhard Haller, Ehab Shiban, Benjamin Friedrich, Claus Zimmer, Franziska Dorn, Sascha Prothmann

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BACKGROUND: Volume coils were developed to improve occlusion rates of intracranial aneurysms. Previous studies have shown increased packing density and comparable occlusion rates, but subgroup analyses of aneurysm size have not been carried out.

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of the Penumbra Coil 400 (PC400) system in treating intracranial aneurysms compared with standard diameter coils.

METHODS: A monocentric retrospective case review of 260 aneurysms in 233 patients was carried out. In 37 aneurysms the PC400 system was used, while 223 aneurysms were treated with conventional coils. Previously treated aneurysms and aneurysms treated with flow diverters were excluded. Aneurysm and procedure characteristics, packing density, postprocedural and follow-up occlusion grades as well as coil compaction were evaluated.

RESULTS: Aneurysms treated with PC400 coils had higher volume (218.9 vs 47.1 mm(3), p<0.001), wider necks (3.0 vs 2.5 mm, p=0.005), and greater dome/neck ratio (2.0 vs 1.6, p=0.001) in comparison with aneurysms treated with conventional coils. Compared with controls, in the PC400 group we achieved higher packing densities (43.2% vs 34.4%, p<0.001; in aneurysms ≥7 mm 42.2% vs 27.8%, p<0.001). On follow-up angiography we observed less coil compaction (23.8% vs 64.3%, p=0.003) and less aneurysm recurrence (14.3% vs 40.5%, p=0.046) in aneurysms ≥7 mm when using the PC400 system.

CONCLUSIONS: Use of the PC400 system as opposed to conventional coils suggests that the PC400 system is safe and effective in treating intracranial aneurysms. Despite having been applied in a potentially more difficult-to-treat group, the use of PC400 was associated with less coil compaction and aneurysm recurrence in aneurysms ≥7 mm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1034-1040
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of NeuroInterventional Surgery
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Aneurysm
  • Angiography
  • Catheter
  • Coil
  • Device


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