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WEB as part of a multimodality treatment in complex, large, and partially thrombosed intracranial aneurysms: a single-center observational study of technical success, safety, and recurrence
  1. C Kabbasch1,
  2. A Mpotsaris1,
  3. M Reiner2,
  4. T Liebig3
  1. 1Department of Radiology and Neuroradiology, University Hospital of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
  2. 2Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
  3. 3Department of Neuroradiology, Charité University Hospital of Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  1. Correspondence to Dr C Kabbasch, Department of Radiology and Neuroradiology, University Hospital of Cologne, Kerpener Str 62, Cologne 50937, Germany; christoph.kabbasch{at}


Introduction Complex, large, wide-neck aneurysms, but particularly partially thrombosed intracranial aneurysms (PTIAs), have a greater tendency to recanalize after coil occlusion. The Woven Endovascular Bridge (WEB) combines shape memory wires braided to a relatively uniform, dense surface, which may limit its compaction and its incorporation into an existing aneurysm clot and may thus reduce PTIA recurrence.

Objective To carry out a retrospective analysis of our experience with the WEB as part of a complex treatment in conjunction with other implants to assess the efficacy and safety of this technique.

Methods Among 43 aneurysms treated with the WEB in our center, eight complex, large, wide-neck aneurysms were treated in conjunction with other implants (additional WEBs, coils, stents, flow diverters). Six of these eight aneurysms were PTIAs. All patients were followed up by DSA between 3½ and 38 months.

Results All eight (100%) of the complex, large, wide-neck aneurysms were treated successfully and without periprocedural adverse events (0%). At follow-up, the two non-thrombosed aneurysms were completely occluded, but all six PTIAs recurred (75%) and were re-treated. There was no morbidity or mortality in these eight patients.

Conclusions Treatment of large, complex aneurysms with the WEB in conjunction with other implants was technically successful and safe but did not prevent recurrence of partially thrombosed aneurysms in our center. PTIA re-treatment was possible and not limited by the previously placed WEB.

  • Aneurysm
  • Angiography
  • Catheter
  • Coil
  • Subarachnoid

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  • Contributors CK: manuscript writing, data collection, and patient treatment. AM: manuscript editing and data collection. MR: data collection and patient physical and neurological examination. TL: project development, manuscript writing, and patient treatment.

  • Competing interests AM: proctor and consultant for Penumbra Inc and Sequent Medical. TL: proctor and consultant for Sequent Medical.

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

  • Data sharing statement All data can be made available in an anonymized manner on request.