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Republished: Solitaire salvage: a stent retriever-assisted catheter reduction technical report
  1. Phillip Vaughan Parry,
  2. Alejandro Morales,
  3. Brian Thomas Jankowitz
  1. Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Brian Thomas Jankowitz, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, USA; jankbt{at}


The endovascular management of giant aneurysms often proves difficult with standard techniques. Obtaining distal access to allow catheter reduction is often key to approaching these aneurysms, but several anatomic challenges make this task unsafe and not feasible. Obtaining distal anchor points and performing catheter reduction maneuvers using adjunctive devices is not a novel concept, however using the Solitaire in order to do so may have some distinct advantages compared with previously described methods. Here we describe our novel Solitaire salvage technique, which allowed successful reduction of a looped catheter within an aneurysm in three cases. While this technique is expensive and therefore best performed after standard maneuvers have failed, in our experience it was effective, safe, and more efficient than other methods.

  • Aneurysm
  • Brain
  • Device
  • Stent
  • Technique

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