The “pipe-anchor” technique: A method for intra-aneurysmal loop reduction using a partially unsheathed pipeline stent

Omer Doron*, Justin Vranic, Robert Regenhardt, Christopher Stapleton, Aman Patel

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Purpose: Large aneurysms often present a challenge for endovascular navigation, as they may require utilization of “around-the-world” technique for distal access. In this study, we describe the use of a pipeline stent to stabilize the microcatheter allowing gradual unsheathing and straightening of the microcatheter within the aneurysm enabling stent deployment. Methods: A pipeline stent is partially deployed distal to the aneurysm, after using intra-aneurysmal loop (“around-the-world”) to cross the aneurysm. Partially unsheathed, using its radial force and vessel wall friction to establish an anchoring point, the microcatheter is stabilized and pulled with the stent locked to gradually to allow loop reduction and microsystem straightening, allowing unsheathing as the microsystem is aligned with the inflow and outflow vessel. Results: Two patients harboring cavernous segment aneurysms (measuring 18 × 12 mm and 21 × 24 mm) were treated by 3.75 × 25 mm and 4.25 × 25 mm pipeline devices, respectively, using this technique, deployed through a Phenom 0.027” microcatheter. Patients did well clinically with no thromboembolic complications, as follow-up imaging demonstrated good wall apposition and appreciable contrast stagnation. Conclusion: Anchoring for loop reduction was previously described using a non-flow diverter stents or balloon requiring additional devices and exchange maneuvers to deploy a pipeline. The “pipe anchor” technique describes the use of a partially deployed flow diverter system as an anchor. This report suggests that pipeline radial force, albeit low, is sufficient. We believe that this method is worthy of consideration in select cases as a first choice and can be valuable tool in the armamentarium of the endovascular neurosurgeon.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInterventional Neuroradiology
StateAccepted/In press - 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Large aneurysms
  • around the world technique
  • intra aneurysmal navigation
  • pipeline flow diverter


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