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Flow modification on the internal carotid artery bifurcation region and A1 segment after M1-internal carotid artery flow diverter deployment


Background Clinical and hemodynamic consequences of flow diverters extending from the M1 to the internal carotid artery (ICA), covering the A1 segment, have rarely been investigated. We aimed to provide angiographic and clinical data about flow modifications on the covered A1.

Methods Consecutive patients receiving M1-ICA flow diverters for unruptured aneurysms were collected from our prospective database (2014–2020).

Results 42 A1 arteries covered with a single device were studied. All patients had an angiographic detected contralateral flow from the anterior communicating artery (AcomA). Immediately after flow diversion, 20 (47.6%) covered A1 showed slow flow. During a mean angiographic follow-up of 14 months, 13 (31%) and 22 (52.3%) A1 arteries were occluded and narrowed, respectively. Flow changes were asymptomatic in all cases. Vascular risk factors, sex, oversized compared with not oversized stents, immediate A1 slow flow, age, diameter of the A1, length of follow-up, and platelet inhibition rate were tested as prognosticators of A1 occlusion. Length of the angiographic follow-up was the only predictor of A1 occlusion (p=0.005, OR=3, CI=1.4 to 6.7). There were two device related ischemic events with a 2.3% rate of morbidity (one basal ganglia infarct after coverage of the M1 perforators and one transient acute instent thrombosis).

Conclusions Covering the A1 segment during M1-ICA flow diversion seems relatively safe, if the contralateral flow is assured by the AcomA. Approximately 31% and 52% of the covered A1 showed asymptomatic occlusions and narrowing, respectively. The likelihood of flow modification was proportional to the length of follow-up. Morbidity associated with flow diversion in the ICA terminus region was 2.3%.

  • aneurysm
  • angiography
  • flow diverter
  • intervention

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