The asymmetric vascular stent: Efficacy in a rabbit aneurysm model

  • Ionita C
  • Paciorek A
  • Dohatcu A
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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Development of hemodynamic modifying devices to treat intracranial aneurysms is an active area of research. The asymmetrical vascular stent (AVS), a stent containing a low-porosity patch, is such device. We evaluate AVS efficacy in an in vivo intracranial aneurysm model. METHODS: We created 24 elastase rabbit model aneurysms: 13 treated with the AVS, 5 treated with standard coronary stents, and 6 untreated controls. Four weeks after treatment, aneurysms underwent follow-up angiography, cone-beam micro-CT, histological evaluation, and selective electron microscopy scanning. RESULTS: Four rabbits died early in the study: 3 during AVS treatment and 1 control (secondary to intraprocedural vessel injury and an unrelated tumor, respectively). AVS-treated aneurysms exhibited very weak or no aneurysm flow immediately after treatment and no flow in all aneurysms at follow-up. Standard stent-treated aneurysms showed flow both after treatment (5/5) and at follow-up (3/5). All control aneurysms remained patent during the study. Micro-CT scans showed: 9 of 9 scanned AVS aneurysms were occluded, 6 of 9 AVS were ideally placed, and 3 of 9 low-porosity region partially covered the aneurysm neck; standard stent-treated aneurysms were 1 of 5 occluded, 2 of 5 patent, and 2 of 5 partially patent. Histology results demonstrated: for AVS-treated aneurysms, advanced thrombus organization in the (9/9); for standard stent-treated aneurysms, (1/4) no thrombus, (2/4) partially thrombosed, and (1/4) fully thrombosed; for control aneurysms (4/4), no thrombus. CONCLUSIONS: The use of AVS shows promise as a viable new therapeutic in intracranial aneurysm treatment. These data encourage further investigation and provide substantial support to the AVS concept.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Aneurysm
  • Asymmetrical
  • Elastase
  • Hemodynamics
  • Modification
  • Stent model
  • Vascular

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  • Ciprian N. Ionita

  • Ann M. Paciorek

  • Andreea Dohatcu

  • Kenneth R. Hoffmann

  • Daniel R. Bednarek

  • John Kolega

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