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Treatment of symptomatic complex posterior circulation cerebral artery stenosis with balloon-mounted stents: technique feasibility and outcome

  • Bin Wang
  • Zhong-rong Miao
  • Gui-lin Li
  • Yang Hua
  • Xun-min Ji
  • Li-qun Jiao
  • Ren-zhi Wang
  • Feng Ling
Interventional Neuroradiology



This study aimed to retrospectively analyze a series of patients with complex posterior circulation stenosis who underwent stent-assisted angioplasty to evaluate the feasibility of the procedure and summarize the experience with regard to complications.


A total of 16 consecutive patients with 27 complex posterior circulation artery stenoses refractory to medical therapy were enrolled. Technical success rate, periprocedural complication, and long-term follow-up result were evaluated.


The study population included 16 patients with 27 lesions. A total of 36 stents were successfully implanted. The technical success rate was 100%, and the overall periprocedural complication rate was 12.5% (2/16). During a median of 25.5 months of follow-up, three patients presented recurrent transient ischemic attacks, which were confirmed had restenosis more than 50% by control angiography or transcranial Doppler.


Stent-assisted angioplasty is a feasible treatment method for complex posterior circulation artery stenosis. However, it appears to be associated with a relatively high periprocedural complication rate. Therefore, strict periprocedural management to reduce mortality and morbidity is needed.


Angioplasty Posterior circulation Cerebral artery Technique Stent 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bin Wang
    • 1
  • Zhong-rong Miao
    • 2
  • Gui-lin Li
    • 1
  • Yang Hua
    • 3
  • Xun-min Ji
    • 2
  • Li-qun Jiao
    • 2
  • Ren-zhi Wang
    • 1
  • Feng Ling
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Neurosurgery, Peking Union Medical College HospitalChinese Academy of Medical Science and Peking Union Medical CollegeBeijingChina
  2. 2.Department of Neurosurgery, XuanWu HospitalCapital University of Medical ScienceBeijingChina
  3. 3.Department of Vascular Ultrasonography, XuanWu HospitalCapital University of Medical ScienceBeijingChina

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