Microsurgical Treatment of Previously Coiled Intracranial Aneurysms: Systematic Review of the Literature

Omar M. Arnaout, Tarek Y. El Ahmadieh, Samer G. Zammar, Najib E. El Tecle, Youssef J. Hamade, Rami James N. Aoun, Salah G. Aoun, Rudy J. Rahme, Christopher S. Eddleman, Daniel L. Barrow, H. Hunt Batjer, Bernard R. Bendok*

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Objective To assess indications, complications, clinical outcomes, and technical nuances of microsurgical treatment of previously coiled intracranial aneurysms. Methods A systematic review of the literature was performed using PubMed/MEDLINE and EMBASE databases from January 1990 to December 2013. English-language articles reporting on microsurgical treatment of previously coiled intracranial aneurysms were included. Articles that involved embolization materials other than coils were excluded. Data on aneurysm characteristics, indications for surgery, techniques, complications, angiographic obliteration rates, and clinical outcomes were collected. Results The literature review identified 29 articles reporting on microsurgical clipping of 375 previously coiled aneurysms. Of the aneurysms, 68% were small (<10 mm). Indications for clipping included the presence of a neck remnant (48%) and new aneurysmal growth (45%). Rebleeding before clipping was reported in 6% of cases. Coil extraction was performed in 13% of cases. The median time from initial coiling to clipping was 7 months. The angiographic cure rate was 93%, with morbidity and mortality of 9.8% and 3.6%, respectively. Conclusions Microsurgical clipping of previously coiled aneurysms can result in high obliteration rates with relatively low morbidity and mortality in select cases. Considerations for microsurgical strategies include the presence of sufficient aneurysmal tissue for clip placement and the potential need for temporary occlusion or flow arrest. Coil extraction is not needed in most cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)246-253
Number of pages8
JournalWorld neurosurgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015


  • Aneurysm recurrence
  • Clip after coil
  • Coil
  • Intracranial aneurysm
  • Microsurgery
  • Recurrence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery


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