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New Study Explores Impact of More Uniform Distribution of Endovascular Coils in Cerebral Aneurysm Treatment
Date:6/21/2011

he aneurysm than were the complex (CASHMERE®) and helical (HELIPAQ®) coils.  The average packing density for DELTAPAQ (39.1 %) was significantly higher than the complex (35.2%) and helical (32.2 %) coil systems.  In addition, DELTAPAQ had the highest rate of angiographic occlusion (Class 1) based on the Raymond score, a qualitative measure of permeability.

"This study encourages clinicians and industry to look at the coil uniformity index, in addition to packing density and occlusion rates, when deciding which endovascular coil to use," said Karen Prange, General Manager and Vice President, Codman Neurovascular.  "Codman remains committed to design innovation and supporting research that advances the understanding of neurovascular care.  We are pleased to see that the DELTAWIND technology performed favorably in this assessment model."

The study was funded by a research grant from Micrus Endovascular, Inc. which now operates under Codman Neurovascular, a Codman business.  

In addition to Dr. Bendok, study authors include:  Manik Mehra, MD, Matthew J. Gounis, PhD, and Robert M. King, BS, from the New England Center for Stroke Research, University of Massachusetts Medical School; Ali Shaibani, MD, Michael C. Hurley, MD, and Guilherme Dabus, MD, from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine; Elad I. Levy, MD, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of New York, Buffalo; and Fatimaezzahra E. Labdag, BS, from Micrus Endovascular, Inc.    

Endovascular coils are inserted directly into an aneurysm through a microcatheter, a small, thin, hollow tube, to block blood flow and prevent rupture, which could lead to a hemorrhagic stroke, a life-threatening condition that affects about 13 percent of the 800,000 stroke cases each year in the United States. (2)   According to the American Stroke Association, cerebral aneurysms affect 3 to 5 million people in the United Sta
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