Embolization of medium-sized vessels with the penumbra occlusion device: evaluation of anchoring function
CVIR Endovascular volume 3, Article number: 24 (2020)
The penumbra occlusion device (POD) is a recently developed metallic coil with a unique anchor segment. The purpose of this study was to investigate the anchoring function of the POD for embolization of medium-sized vessels in detail.
Materials and methods
We reviewed a series of cases of proximal embolization of medium-sized vessels in which the POD was used. Endovascular outcomes and complications were assessed. The distance between the distal end of the first-indwelled POD and the microcatheter tip was defined as the “landing distance,” and this was also evaluated via fluoroscopic analysis.
POD deployment was successful in 17 of 18 patients. The median landing distance was 9.6 mm, and no distal POD migration was observed after the formation of anchor loops.
The specific anchoring function of the POD enables effective proximal occlusion of medium-sized vessels.
Proximal occlusion using metallic coils is sometimes technically challenging. A bigger coil in diameter relative to target vessel is difficult to form the anchor. On the other hand, a smaller coil relative to target vessel is possible to tightly compact, but it has high risk of migration. The penumbra occlusion device (POD; Penumbra Inc., Alameda, California, USA) is a unique hybrid coil, which has specific anchor function to achieve occlusion of medium-sized vessels. Specifically, the distal tip of the POD device is designed stiffer and larger in diameter than the rest of the device. Thus, the distal end of a POD can serve as an anchor, and the rest of the device can be securely stuffed into the anchor segment (Jambon et al. 2017; Petitpierre et al. 2016; Spiotta et al. 2016). Our aim was to retrospectively assess the safety and efficacy of embolization and to especially investigate the anchoring function of the POD for embolization of medium-sized vessels.
Materials and methods
The Institutional Review Board approved this retrospective study. We obtained patient information from our hospital database. Between September 2016 and November 2018, embolization using the POD was performed in 61 patients. Among these patients, cases using the POD for mere coil packing without anchoring function were excluded. A total of 18 patients (median age: 69 years; age range: 42–80; 11 men, 7 women) were selected for inclusion in the study. The characteristics of the patients are listed in Table 1.
Under local anesthesia, a femoral puncture using the Seldinger technique and selective catheterization were performed in all patients. In the case of a pseudoaneurysm (PAN), parent arterial embolization was planned using the “isolation technique”; namely, the embolization of vessels both distal and proximal to the PAN was performed. The diameter of the target vessel was calculated from selective angiography. The size of a POD used was chosen based on the size of the target vessel. For diameter of a target vessel of 3.25–4 mm, 4 mm - 5 mm, 5 mm - 6 mm and 6 mm - 8 mm: POD 4, POD 5, POD 6, and POD 8 was chosen, respectively. The POD was delivered through a 0.025-in. microcatheter (ProgreatΩ, Terumo, Tokyo, Japan). Additional PODs or other metallic coils were used until hemostasis was obtained on a case-by-case basis.
Technical outcomes and complications were assessed. The fluoroscopic movie, if available, was also reviewed to assess the anchoring function during the deployment of the first indwelling POD. A POD comprised an anchoring segment and a packing segment. During POD deployment, the anchoring segment began to stabilize the artery following the packing of the remnant coil. Thus, the distance between the distal end of the anchor segment and the microcatheter tip was defined as the “landing distance,” and this was evaluated via fluoroscopic analysis (Figs. 1 and 2).
Proximal arterial embolization using the anchoring function of the POD was performed in 18 patients. The target vessels in the 18 patients were as follows: proper hepatic artery (n = 9), right hepatic artery (RHA, n = 3), pulmonary artery (n = 3), renal artery (n = 2), and splenic artery (n = 1). POD deployment was successful in 17 of 18 patients. In a patient with a huge aneurysm of the RHA, the isolation technique was planned, and embolization of the distal RHA using the POD was successful. However, the POD could not be deployed in the proximal RHA because the proximal landing distance of the RHA was short enough to preserve left hepatic flow, and the POD could not be deployed in this patient. Instead of a POD, a vascular plug was placed in the proximal RHA (Fig. 3). Fluoroscopic analysis during deployment of the first indwelling POD was assessed in 15 patients. The target-vessel diameter in each patient was between 1.7 and 7.0 mm, and the optimal POD size was chosen in each case. The median landing distance was 9.6 mm (range 1.4–20.9) (Table 2). After the distal end of the POD formed anchor loops that adhered to the vessel wall, no distal migration was observed on fluoroscopic analysis.
For embolization in cases, such as PAN and arteriovenous shunt, the proximal occlusion of target vessels is challenging. Special attention must be paid during the procedure to avoid the migration of the embolic device. The introduction of a POD is expected to solve this problem. The structure of the POD is unique with the distal end designed to work as an anchoring segment that enables proximal occlusion. Based on our fluoroscopic analysis, the median landing distance was 9.6 mm, and no POD migration was observed after the anchoring segment was successfully deployed. However, the deployment of the anchoring segment was unsuccessful in one case in our study. Presumably, an insufficient landing distance relative to the arterial flow caused the unsuccessful POD deployment. Thus, in this case, a vascular plug might be an alternative embolization technique. Stent grafting is also another technique for shielding a PAN (Sapna et al. 2011). Nevertheless, when the anchoring segment of the POD is successfully deployed, tight coil packing is possible. Moreover, the POD has specific advantages of navigation in tortuous vessels using a microcatheter (Jambon et al. 2018). Therefore, the POD seems to be an effective tool for the proximal occlusion of medium-sized vessels in various targets.
Our fluoroscopic analysis indicates that the specific anchoring function of the POD enables effective proximal occlusion for medium-sized vessels in most cases. However, anchor formation is occasionally difficult in some situations, and other techniques are necessary for safer complete occlusion.
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It was a retrospective study with research ethics board approval. This study was approved by the Iwate Medical University and a waiver of consent was obtained (MH2019–059).
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This was a retrospective study; all patients underwent clinically indicated transarterial embolization. Informed consent was waived by the local ethics committee. All figures used in preparing the manuscript contain no individual or identifiable personal data.
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Kato, K., Kawashima, K., Suzuki, T. et al. Embolization of medium-sized vessels with the penumbra occlusion device: evaluation of anchoring function. CVIR Endovasc 3, 24 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s42155-020-00115-4