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Stenting of the vertebral artery origin with ostium dilation: technical note
  1. Travis M Dumont1,2,
  2. Peter Kan1,2,
  3. Kenneth V Snyder1–,3,
  4. L Nelson Hopkins1–,4,
  5. Elad I Levy1–,3,
  6. Adnan H Siddiqui1–,3
  1. 1Department of Neurosurgery and Toshiba Stroke Research Center, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, New York, USA
  2. 2Department of Neurosurgery, Gates Vascular Institute, Kaleida Health, Buffalo, New York, USA
  3. 3Department of Radiology, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, New York, USA
  4. 4Jacobs Institute, Buffalo, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Adnan H Siddiqui, University at Buffalo Neurosurgery, 100 High Street, Suite B4, Buffalo, NY 14203, USA; asiddiqui{at}


Endovascular treatment of vertebral artery (VA) origin stenosis typically requires placement of the proximal end of the stent within the lumen of the subclavian artery or aorta to provide complete coverage of the ostial lesion. This configuration may complicate subsequent endovascular access into the stented VA. We describe a technique modification of VA origin stenting and angioplasty with a monorail angioplasty balloon system designed specifically for dilation of the ostial origin which may be helpful in conforming the proximal portion of the stent to the VA origin. Simplified endovascular access to the VA origin after angioplasty is demonstrated.

  • Stenosis
  • Balloon
  • Catheter
  • Device

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