Dissecting Pseudoaneurysms and Blister Aneurysms

  • Amgad El Mekabaty
  • Gabor Toth
  • Dheeraj Gandhi
  • Alexander Coon
  • Ferdinand K. Hui


In contrast to “true” aneurysms, which have walls that contain intima, media, and adventitia, “false” or pseudoaneurysms no longer have all layers of the normal mural components. The precise mechanisms of pseudoaneurysm formation remain unclear but are believed to result either from a tear of the intima with blood dissecting into the wall or rupture of vasa vasorum. The classic angiographic appearance of a dissecting pseudoaneurysm is a fusiform dilatation with or without adjacent stenosis. Once ruptured there is a high rate of re-rupture during the first week. Symptomatic, ruptured or large pseudoaneurysms warrant treatment. Depending on the location of the pseudoaneurysm and clinical scenario, deconstructive or reconstructive approaches can be utilized, while endovascular reconstructive techniques are more commonly employed for intracranial lesions.

“Blister” aneurysms are rare, fragile pseudoaneurysms with a high risk of re-rupture as well as rupture during treatment. Flow diversion appears to be emerging as a preferred method for treatment of these aneurysms, offering a higher rate of occlusion with decreased risk of iatrogenic rupture.


Dissecting pseudoaneurysms Blister aneurysms Coiling Flow diversion Aneurysms, blister Pseudoaneurysms 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amgad El Mekabaty
    • 1
    • 2
  • Gabor Toth
    • 3
  • Dheeraj Gandhi
    • 4
  • Alexander Coon
    • 5
  • Ferdinand K. Hui
    • 6
    • 7
    • 8
  1. 1.Department of Radiology and Radiological SciencesJohns Hopkins HospitalBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of Radiology and Radiological SciencesUniversity Hospital of BaselBaselSwitzerland
  3. 3.Cerebrovascular Center, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of MedicineMayfield HeightsUSA
  4. 4.Departments of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Neurology and NeurosurgeryCenter of Metabolic Imaging and Therapeutics and Executive Committee Member for the Comprehensive Stroke Center, Johns Hopkins HospitalBaltimoreUSA
  5. 5.Departments of Neurosurgery, Neurology, and RadiologyJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins HospitalBaltimoreUSA
  6. 6.Department of Radiology and Radiological ScienceJohns Hopkins HospitalBaltimoreUSA
  7. 7.Carey School of Business, Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  8. 8.Department of Interventional StrokeJohns Hopkins National Capital RegionBaltimoreUSA

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