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What is endovascular coiling or stenting?

Endovascular coiling (sometimes called endovascular embolization) is a medical procedure used to treat a brain aneurysm. It involves inserting a catheter into an artery, typically in the groin. The catheter is guided through the body until it reaches the brain aneurysm. Then, detachable coils are inserted in the aneurysm through the catheter, filling up the pocket, cutting off blood flow to the aneurysm, and causing the blood to clot. This surgery is usually performed on those who, because of age or other health issues, could not survive open brain surgery. Not as effective as surgical clipping, a person may need this surgery more than once in their lives.

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