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UC study: New devices less effective in thwarting brain aneurysm recurrence
Date:2/21/2008

and one is coated with a gel that, when exposed to blood, is designed to expand inside the aneurysm to fill all the nooks and crannies.

The purpose of our study was to assess the effectiveness of these new treatments, Ringer continues. We found that neither of these newerand more costlycoils performed any better than the bare platinum coils.

To determine whether the new strategies posed an improvement, Ringer and his research team analyzed the outcomes during a 3 -year period of 100 successively treated patients who had suffered ruptured aneurysms of medium size (five to 15 millimeters in diameter).

At the end of one year, the bare platinum coils were associated with the least number of repeated treatments. The percentage requiring repeated treatment was 6.4 percent in the platinum coils group, 11.5 percent in the expanding gel-coating group, and 20.9 percent in the polymer-coating group.

The results, Ringer says, suggest the possibility that a factor, or factors, other than coil-surface coating may be responsible for reducing aneurysm recurrence.


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Contact: Cindy Starr
cstarr@mayfieldclinic.com
513-569-5321
University of Cincinnati
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