Interventional Radiology - Original Article

Endovascular treatment of wide-necked aneurysms of the visceral and renal arteries using the double microcatheter technique via a single access route


  • Byung Chan Lee
  • Jae Kyu Kim
  • Nam Yeol Yim
  • Yang Jun Kang
  • Hyoung Ook Kim
  • Ho Kyun Lee

Received Date: 26.07.2019 Accepted Date: 18.03.2020 Diagn Interv Radiol 2020;26(5):476-481


We aimed to evaluate the utility of and complications associated with the double microcatheter technique for the treatment of wide-necked visceral and renal artery aneurysms (VRAAs).


Nine patients (mean age, 58 years; age range, 42–69 years; 4 men, 5 women) with wide-necked VRAAs who underwent treatment with the double microcatheter technique from January 2016 to July 2018 were included in the study. For all patients, anatomical features were confirmed using cone-beam computed tomography (CT) with rotational angiography. The aneurysmal location, size, volume, neck-to-dome ratio, number of coils used, and coil packing density were investigated. Technical success, complications (coil migration and organ ischemia), changes in the complete blood count or serum creatine level, and recurrence were also evaluated.


Three renal artery aneurysms and 6 splenic artery aneurysms were treated by the double microcatheter technique. The mean size of the aneurysms was 26.09±4.76 mm, mean volume was 6.19±3.69 cm3, and mean neck-to-dome ratio was 1.53±0.24. The number of coils used ranged from 7 to 16. The mean packing density was 11.32%±3.72%. Technical success was achieved in all 9 patients. Renal ischemia occurred in two patients with renal artery aneurysm, one of whom showed minimal scar formation on follow-up CT after infarction. No coil migrations or disease recurrences were observed.


The double microcatheter technique for the treatment of wide-necked VRAAs appears to be relatively safe and useful. However, complex renal artery aneurysm should be carefully managed in order to prevent infarction.