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A checklist for cerebral aneurysm embolization complications
  1. Michael Chen
  1. Correspondence to Dr M Chen, Department of Neurological Sciences, Rush University Medical Center, 1725 West Harrison Street, Suite 1121, Chicago, IL 60612, USA; chenm888{at}


Complications during cerebral aneurysm embolization continue to occur even at high volume experienced centers. Such situations are unexpected, complex and can have devastating consequences. Individual anecdotal experience offers limited guidance. This literature review of the two most serious neuroendovascular procedural complications—namely, aneurysm perforation and thromboemboli—aims to propose a role based checklist. Having a premeditated plan helps team members remain calm and function more effectively when a procedural complication occurs, with the ultimate goal of minimizing patient harm.

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval Ethics approval was provided by Rush University Medical Center Institutional Review Board.

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