Failure of tandem flow diversion for intracranial aneurysms: Literature review and illustrative case

Teeba A. Al-Ageely, Mustafa Ismail, Sara A. Mohammed, Ali H. Al-Delfi, Muhammed S. Alshedidi, Mohammed B. Al-Jaberi, Muntadher H. Almufadhal, Awfa Aktham Abdulateef, Zaid Aljuboori, Hosam Al-Jehani, Samer S. Hoz

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Background: Flow diverters are becoming one of the main endovascular procedures used to treat aneurysms. Flow diverter devices (FDDs) have multiple types approved for endovascular procedure use. Although their indications are not well described, they are usually used for large or giant, wide-necked, and recurrent aneurysms. Multiple FDDs can be deployed to treat giant aneurysms to ensure and accelerate aneurysm occlusion and mitigate complications. We report a case of endovascular treatment of an intracranial aneurysm using three silk FDDs complicated by a delayed migration of the stents along the parent artery, along with a literature review of the related cases. Methods: We conducted a PubMed Medline database search by the following combined formula of subjects headings: ((((((intracranial aneurysm[MeSH Terms]) AND (endovascular procedure[MeSH Terms])) OR (endovascular technique[MeSH Terms])) AND (endovascular[Title/Abstract]) AND (Flow diverter[Title/ Abstract])) OR (flow diversion[Title/Abstract])) OR (Pipeline[Title/Abstract])) AND (Multiple[Title/Abstract]). Results: The result was eight cases of endovascular treatment of intracranial aneurysms with multiple FDD. The male-to-female ratio in these cases was 5:3, and there is a wide age range from 22 months to 69 years old. The cases differed in the type and number of FDDs used, yet, they all had similar results with aneurysm occlusion and recovery of the patient with no observed complications. Conclusion: Tandem flow diverter deployment has technical challenges and complications such as complete obstruction can occur. Planning and learning from experience with those new technologies are the typical way to overcome such complications in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberA18
JournalSurgical Neurology International
StatePublished - 2022


  • Flow diverter devices
  • Intracranial aneurysms
  • Stent migration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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