Double-balloon technique for embolization of carotid cavernous fistulas

M. M.H. Teng*, C. Y. Chang, J. H. Chiang, J. F. Lirng, C. B. Luo, S. S. Chen, F. C. Chang, W. Y. Guo

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Embolization of a carotid cavernous fistula (CCF) by means of a detachable balloon is an established method for treating CCFs while preserving a patent parent internal carotid artery (ICA). However, failure to embolize the CCF may occur on a few occasions, such as when the balloon cannot pass through the fistula into the cavernous sinus by blood flow, or when the inflated balloon in the cavernous sinus retracts to the carotid artery. Under these circumstances, the ICA may have to be sacrificed in order to treat the CCF. Herein we describe a double-balloon technique for embolization of a CCF. By applying this technique, we successfully treated nine of 11 CCFs, without compromise of the parent ICA when the conventional one-balloon technique failed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1753-1756
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Neuroradiology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Oct 2000


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