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Double-barrel entanglement of intracranial Enterprise stents resulting from undetected incomplete stent apposition
  1. Robert S Heller1,
  2. Mina Safain1,
  3. Adel M Malek1,2
  1. 1Tufts Medical Center, Department of Neurosurgery, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  2. 2Tufts Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr AM Malek, Tufts Medical Center, Department of Neurosurgery, 800 Washington St, Proger 7, Boston, MA 02111, USA; amalek{at}


Objective Although intracranial stents have expanded the spectrum of aneurysms amenable to coiling, closed cell design variants can be prone to incomplete stent apposition around tightly curved arterial bends. A case is presented illustrating the technical ramifications of this phenomenon during subsequent treatment.

Clinical presentation A 49-year-old woman who had previously undergone Enterprise (closed cell design) stent mediated coiling of a wide necked ophthalmic carotid artery aneurysm was noted to harbor residual central filling on follow-up imaging, and was scheduled for additional embolization.

Intervention During retreatment, performed with a second concentrically placed Enterprise and further coil packing using the jailing technique, the proximal portion of the second Enterprise stent failed to expand as expected. C-arm cone beam CT (CBCT) revealed the second stent to have been navigated into and out of the orphaned lumen created by the incompletely apposed first Enterprise stent at the carotid siphon. This stent entanglement resulted in the formation of a trapped proximal double-barrel lumen in the curved segment and resolution to a single barrel lumen in the distal straight segment of the parent vessel facing the aneurysm neck.

Conclusion Caution is urged when navigating around curved vessel segments through previously deployed intracranial stents, which may be incompletely apposed to the vessel wall, to avoid deleterious and potentially catastrophic entanglement. CBCT imaging may be helpful in delineating the spatial relationship of previously deployed intracranial stents during subsequent endovascular navigation.

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  • Competing interests AMM has received unrestricted research funding from Codman Neurovascular (manufacturer of the Enterprise stent) and Stryker Neurovascular (formerly Boston Scientific Corp, manufacturer of the Neuroform stent) for research that is unrelated to the submitted work.

  • Patient consent The patient signed hospital consent which provides for use of imaging for teaching and scientific purposes.

  • Ethics approval The study was approved by Tufts institutional review board.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.