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Abstract - Original Article

J Cerebrovasc Endovasc Neurosurg. 2023 25(2): 175-181
The Journal of Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery
Initial experience with Scepter Mini dual lumen balloon for embolization of cerebrovascular diseases
Muhammad U Manzoor1, Ibrahim A. Almulhim1, Abdullah A. Alrashed1, Shorog Althubait1, Abdulrahman Y. Alturki2, Sultan M. Al-Qahtani1
1Department of Radiology, Diagnostic & Interventional Neuroradiology Section, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 2Department of Neurosurgery, Interventional Neuroradiology Section, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Objective: Endovascular treatment of cerebrovascular diseases is often challenging due to small caliber, tortuous distal vessels. Several devices and techniques have evolved to overcome these challenges. Recently, a low profile dual lumen microballoon catheter, specifically designed for distal navigation is employed for neurovascular procedures. Due to its recent advent, scarce data is available on clinical utility and safety of Scepter Mini. The aim of this case series is to report our initial experience with Scepter Mini in the management of various cerebrovascular diseases. Methods: All interventional neurovascular cases performed using Scepter Mini between January 2020 till April 2021 were included. Data regarding patient demographics, procedural details and complications was retrospectively collected from patients electronic medical record and procedure reports. Results: Total twelve embolization procedures were performed in eleven patients, including six brain arteriovenous malformation, two dural arteriovenous fistula, one vein of Galen malformation and three hyper-vascular glomus tumor embolizations. All procedures were successfully performed with adequate penetration of the embolic agent. Complete embolization was performed in six procedures, while intended partial embolization was performed in the rest of procedures. Scepter Mini was solely used in ten procedures, however in the other two embolization procedures it was used as an additional conjunct tool to complete the intended embolization. No balloon related complication was observed in any procedure. Conclusions: Scepter Mini dual lumen microballoon catheter is safe and feasible for delivery of liquid embolic agents for cerebrovascular embolization procedures.
Key words : ‌Scepter Mini, Micro-balloon, Dual lumen balloon, Embolization

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