Long-term MRI findings of patients with embolized cerebral aneurysms

Liisa M. Pyysalo, Leo H. Keski-Nisula, Tero T. Niskakangas, Veikko J. Kähärä, Juha E. Öhman

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Background: Long-term follow-up studies after endovascular treatment for intracranial aneurysm are still rare and inconclusive. Parenchymal infarctions related to aneurysms have mostly been studied in patients with subarachnoidal hemorrhage (SAH) but infarction rates in patients with endovascularly treated unruptured aneurysms have been little studied. Purpose: To determine the frequency of permanent parenchymal lesions as detected in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients treated with endovascular coiling and to assess aneurysm-related infarctions after the initial treatment period. Material and Methods: A total of 64 patients (32 with primarily ruptured aneurysms) with 69 embolized aneurysms were examined neurologically and by MRI and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) more than 9 years after the initial endovascular treatment. Results: A total of 14 out of 32 (44%) SAH patients and 11 (34%) patients with unruptured aneurysms had parenchymal lesions in MRI. Infarctions were detected in 10 (31%) SAH patients and the majority (9/10, 90%) of them were aneurysm-related. All aneurysm-related infarctions were detected at the acute hospitalization stage. A total of six (55%) out of 11 infarctions in patients with unruptured aneurysms were aneurysm-related and two of them appeared after the treatment period. Patients with infarction had poorer clinical outcome than patients with no ischemic lesions in MRI. Conclusion: Nineteen percent of patients with unruptured and 41% with ruptured aneurysms had aneurysmrelated parenchymal lesions in MRI. Most of these were detected during acute treatment period. Aneurysmrelated infarctions after treatment period are uncommon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-210
Number of pages7
JournalActa Radiologica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Aneurysms
  • CNS
  • Embolization
  • Interventional
  • MR imaging

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