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What is the Pipeline® embolization device (PED)?

One treatment option for a brain aneurysm involves the use of a Pipeline embolization device (PED). The PED is a flexible, braided wire mesh tube that is placed within the internal carotid artery in the brain. This blocks off large or wide-necked aneurysms, preventing them from doing damage. The device also reduces the likelihood that an aneurysm will rupture.

Why it's done

The PED is ideal for the treatment of large intracranial aneurysms. With low complication rates, the PED offers you a better chance at long-lasting aneurysm occlusion, which means it will block an aneurysm from your brain for a long time.

Our approach

A brain aneurysm diagnosis can be daunting news, but learning about some of the treatments available can help ease your anxieties. The capable neurosurgeons at Northwell Health Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery combine advanced technical knowledge and leading-edge technologies to treat ruptured and non-ruptured aneurysms. We have extensive experience and expertise in the proper use of PED.

What to expect

The PED is threaded up through a catheter placed in a blood vessel in your leg and is moved up to your brain where it is implanted across the neck of the aneurysm, cutting off blood flow. The blood that remains in the aneurysm will form a blood clot, which prevents the rupture of the aneurysm and may also cause the aneurysm to shrink in size over time.

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