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LVIS Jr

Intraluminal device from Microvention.

The lowest profile delivery system in coil embolization intraluminal support • 3 Flared Ends • Single Nitinol Wire Braid • Larger Compliant Cell System - Compliant 1.5mm cell size is 50% larger than standard LVIS device, and complements today's softer, smaller embolization coils • 3 Radiopaque Strands and 3 Distal / Proximal Markers

The LVIS® Jr. device may be tracked and deployed through a .017“ (0.43mm) inner diameter Headway®17 Advanced microcatheter or Scepter occlusion balloon catheter

*LVIS® Jr. has received HDE Approval

RX Only. Humanitarian Device: Authorized by Federal Law for use with bare platinum embolic coils for the treatment of unruptured, wide neck (neck ≥ 4 mm or dome to neck ratio < 2), intracranial, saccular aneurysms arising from a parent vessel with a diameter ≥ 2.5 mm and ≤ 4.5 mm. The effectiveness of this device for this use has not been demonstrated.


Wide necked bifurcation intracranial aneurysms have traditionally not been amenable to coil embolization with the use of a single stent due to the high risk of coil prolapse.

The treatment of wide-neck bifurcation cerebral aneurysms is challenging especially if at least one of the arteries arise from an obtuse angle. These wide-neck bifurcation aneurysms are difficult to treat with the usual balloon and stent assisted coiling, including Y stenting or double-barrel stent techniques.

Other available options include using current devices with the waffle cone or double waffle cone techniques.

Novel devices that are in development include intrasaccular devices and the barrel bifurcation vascular reconstruction device (Covidien).


Y-configuration double stent-assisted coil embolization ('Y-stenting') of this aneurysm type has been shown to have generally good clinical outcomes, although the technique is complex with various challenges described in the literature. The compliant and flexible closed-cell design of braided stents such as the LVIS Jr allows for the creation of a 'shelf' across the aneurysm neck sufficient to prevent coil prolapse. We describe this novel 'shelf' technique and present a small case series of LVIS Jr stent-assisted wide-necked bifurcation intracranial aneurysm coiling in eight patients. Our small, albeit important, case series demonstrates that the 'shelf' technique is feasible and safe with very good short-term clinical and angiographic outcomes, and may obviate the need for Y-stenting 1).

Case series

2016

Centers across Canada using LVIS Jr were contacted and asked to participate in a retrospective registry of consecutive patients treated with LVIS Jr for intracranial aneurysms between January 2013 and July 2015.

A total of 102 patients, with saccular aneurysms in 100 patients (72 women; age range 21-78 years; mean 56.0 years; median 57.5 years) were treated with a LVIS Jr stent. The mean maximum diameter of the dome and neck of the aneurysm and dome to neck ratios were 8.3 mm±7.7 mm, 4.4 mm±1.9 mm, and 1.86±1.22, respectively. Angiographic complications arose in 23 patients, clinical complications in 9 patients, and only 3% of permanent neurological deficits occurred. Death occurred in 1 patient, unrelated to the stent. The ruptured status of the aneurysms (OR=3.29; p=0.046) and use of LVIS Jr for bailout (OR=2.54; p=0.053) showed a trend towards significant association with higher angiographic complications. At the last available follow-up, 68 class I, 20 class II, and 12 class III results were seen.

The LVIS Jr stent is a safe and effective device for stent-assisted coiling, with 3% permanent neurological complications. Stent-assisted coiling continues to be technically challenging in cases of ruptured aneurysms and bailout situations 2).

2015

Seven patients who underwent endovascular treatment of PICA aneurysms with an LVIS Jr stent were identified. Four aneurysms were treated in the acute phase of subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). There were no symptomatic complications. One patient had spasm distal to the stent as a result of mechanical straightening of the vessel. One patient was treated in the acute phase of SAH and required a gycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitor after the stent was implanted. This patient needed to be re-treated to complete embolization. All patients had good clinical outcomes (Glasgow Outcome Scale 5). No in-stent stenosis or occlusion was seen on short-term angiographic follow-up and the aneurysms were occluded.

This small series suggests that the use of a reconstructive technique with the LVIS Jr stent for the treatment of PICA aneurysms is feasible, safe and effective in the short term 3).


The LVIS or LVIS Jr. stent-assisted coil embolisation was performed in 78 patients harbouring 78 intracranial aneurysms. There were 59 aneurysms located in the anterior circulation and 19 in the posterior circulation. Clinical data and 6-month follow-up angiograms are presented.

The LVIS and LVIS Jr. stents were successfully delivered to the target aneurysm; however, there were seven cases in which the LVIS/LVIS Jr. stents had suboptimal opening and apposition to the parent vessel wall. The overall technical success for all groups was 91% (71 of 78 stents). There was complete angiographic occlusion in 66 (85%) of 78 cases and residual neck remnants in 12 (15%) cases. All patients had 6-month angiographic follow-up, which demonstrated complete occlusion of the target aneurysm in 64 (82%) cases, residual neck remnants in 5 (6%) cases and there was aneurysm filling in 9 (12%) cases.

The LVIS/LVIS Jr. stent system is safe and effective for the treatment of wide-neck intracranial aneurysms, providing suitable support of the coil mass, which allows for a high level of occlusion with low rates of recanalisation and subsequent treatments 4).


Eighteen intracranial aneurysms, including 13 unruptured and 5 ruptured aneurysms, were treated with LVIS Jr stent-assisted coil embolization.

A total of 18 stents were successfully delivered to the target aneurysms, and the technical success rate was 100%. There was complete occlusion in 8 (44.4%) of 18 cases, neck remnants in 7 (38.9%) cases, and partial occlusion in 3 (16.7%) cases. In-stent thrombosis occurred in 1 case, and the symptoms disappeared after transvenous tirofiban injection. The modified Rankin Scale score at discharge was 0 in 14 patients, 1 in 3 patients, and 2 in 1 patient.

The LVIS Jr stent provided excellent trackability and deliverability and is safe and effective for the treatment of wide-necked MCA aneurysms with tortuous and smaller parent vessels 5).


A retrospective analysis was performed of 32 cases comprising 34 aneurysms in which the LVIS Jr device was used for stent-assisted coil embolization of intracranial aneurysms from February to October 2012, including all clinical and angiographic data as well as mid-term follow-up (1-12 months of treatment).

The median age of the patients was 54 years (range 21-76) and 19 (59%) were women. The aneurysms were ruptured in 12/34 cases (35.3%); 26 (76.4%) were located within the anterior circulation and the remaining 8 (23.5%) were located in the posterior circulation. Eleven of the 34 aneurysms (32.3%) were treated with a Y-stent configuration. Immediate total occlusion was observed in 16/34 (47%), near total occlusion (90-95%) in 5/34 (14.7%) and a 'dog ear' or subtotal occlusion in 12/34 (35.2%). A single aneurysm was treated without coil embolization. Complications occurred in 5/34 cases (15%), including two cases of in-stent thrombosis.

Implantation of the LVIS Jr device as a support device for stent-assisted coil embolization seems to be safe and effective. The LVIS Jr device can also be implanted in a Y-stent configuration, offering a novel technique with a potentially lower risk of thromboembolic complications compared with other devices 6).

2014

55 patients with saccular aneurysms undergoing LVIS-assisted coil embolization between October 2012 and February 2013. Magnetic resonance angiography or digital subtraction angiography was performed to evaluate midterm follow-up results.

The standard LVIS device, deployed in 27 patients, was more often used in internal carotid artery (ICA) aneurysms (n=19), whereas the LVIS Jr. (a lower profile stent, n=28) was generally reserved for anterior communicating artery (n=14) and middle cerebral artery (n=8) aneurysms. With LVIS-assisted coil embolization, successful occlusion was achieved in 45 aneurysms (81.8 %). Although no instances of navigation failure or stent malposition occurred, segmentally incomplete stent expansion was seen in five patients where the higher profile LVIS was applied to ICA including carotid siphon. Procedural morbidity was low (2/55, 3.6 %), limited to symptomatic thromboembolism. In the imaging of lesions (54/55, 98.2 %) at 6-month follow-up, only a single instances of major recanalization (1.9 %) occurred. Follow-up angiography of 30 aneurysms (54.5 %) demonstrated in-stent stenosis in 26 (86.7 %), with no instances of stent migration. Only one patient suffered late delayed infarction (modified Rankin Scale 1).

The LVIS device performed acceptably in stent-assisted coil embolization of non-ruptured aneurysms due to easy navigation and precise placement, although segmentally incomplete stent expansion and delayed in-stent stenosis were issues 7).


IRB approved single-center interventional clinical study in 22 patients (10 females, 12 males, mean age 55, age range 33-74 years) for the endovascular treatment of wide-neck aneurysms. After obtaining informed consent, patients were included according to the following criteria: aneurysm fundus-to-neck ratio < 2 or neck diameter > 4 mm, and a parent vessel diameter of ≤3.5 mm. Primary end point for clinical safety was absence of death, absence of major or minor stroke, and absence of transient ischemic attack. Primary end point for treatment efficacy was complete angiographic occlusion according to the Raymond-Roy Occlusion Classification (RROC) immediately after the procedure and at follow-up after 3 and 6 months on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

In 20/22 (91 %) of patients, the primary end point of safety was reached; in the two remaining patients, transient ischemic attack, but no permanent deficit was observed; in 16/22 (73 %), efficient occlusion (RROC1) was reached, and in 6/22 (27 %), a residual neck remained (RROC2). Single [seven with antegrade, two in crossover configuration, and four with “first-balloon-then-stent” (FBTS) technique] or double-stent (eight patients with Y configuration and one patient with X configuration) deployment was technically successful in all cases.

Deployment of the LVIS Jr. microstent in various single- or double-stent configurations is safe and effective to assist the treatment of intracranial wide-neck aneurysms 8).

Case reports

2014

Conrad et al., report the results of the first two cases of wide necked basilar tip aneurysms treated with Y stent assisted coil embolization using a new low profile visible intraluminal stent (LVIS Jr; MicroVention, Tustin, California, USA) delivered through a 0.017 inch microcatheter. They also reviewed the literature comparing other endovascular techniques (coiling alone, stent assisted coiling, and Y stent assisted coiling) for wide necked aneurysms. The LVIS Jr device offers a new option for the treatment of these challenging lesions, with clear advantages over currently available intracranial stents. Larger series and long term results are needed to confirm the applicability and durability of this technique/technology 9)

2013

A 51-year-old patient with an unruptured right middle cerebral artery bifurcation aneurysm was treated with balloon remodeling employing a 4 × 10 mm Scepter C balloon catheter. Following coil embolization, a low-profile visualized intraluminal stent (LVIS) Jr 2.5 mm × 16 mm was delivered via the coaxial balloon catheter and deployed across the aneurysm neck.

Follow-up angiograms demonstrated that the coil mass was well-seated within the aneurysm sac and the parent vessel was widely patent with satisfactory vessel wall apposition by the stent.

Spiotta et al., describe a technique for balloon remodeling followed by stenting for aneurysm coil embolization that incorporates the use of a coaxial dual-lumen balloon catheter system through which a novel self-expanding stent can be deployed. In the case described, we found this technique to be safe and feasible, reducing both the number of steps involved in this technique and the opportunities for mechanical coil-related complications 10).

1)
Du EH, Shankar JJ. LVIS Jr 'shelf' technique: an alternative to Y stent-assisted aneurysm coiling. J Neurointerv Surg. 2016 Feb 4. pii: neurintsurg-2015-012246. doi: 10.1136/neurintsurg-2015-012246. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26847331.
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Shankar JJ, Quateen A, Weill A, Tampieri D, Del Pilar Cortes M, Fahed R, Patro S, Kaderali Z, Lum C, Lesiuk H, Ahmed U, Peeling L, Kelly ME, Iancu D. Canadian Registry of LVIS Jr for Treatment of Intracranial Aneurysms (CaRLA). J Neurointerv Surg. 2016 Aug 19. pii: neurintsurg-2016-012611. doi: 10.1136/neurintsurg-2016-012611. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27543629.
3)
Samaniego EA, Abdo G, Hanel RA, Lima A, Ortega-Gutierrez S, Dabus G. Endovascular treatment of PICA aneurysms with a Low-profile Visualized Intraluminal Support (LVIS Jr) device. J Neurointerv Surg. 2015 Nov 3. pii: neurintsurg-2015-012070. doi: 10.1136/neurintsurg-2015-012070. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26534868.
4)
Poncyljusz W, Biliński P, Safranow K, Baron J, Zbroszczyk M, Jaworski M, Bereza S, Burke TH. The LVIS/LVIS Jr. stents in the treatment of wide-neck intracranial aneurysms: multicentre registry. J Neurointerv Surg. 2015 Jul;7(7):524-9. doi: 10.1136/neurintsurg-2014-011229. Epub 2014 May 14. PubMed PMID: 24827067.
5)
Feng Z, Li Q, Zhao R, Zhang P, Chen L, Xu Y, Hong B, Zhao W, Liu J, Huang Q. Endovascular Treatment of Middle Cerebral Artery Aneurysm with the LVIS Junior Stent. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2015 Jun;24(6):1357-62. doi: 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2015.02.016. Epub 2015 Apr 4. PubMed PMID: 25851343.
6)
Behme D, Weber A, Kowoll A, Berlis A, Burke TH, Weber W. Low-profile Visualized Intraluminal Support device (LVIS Jr) as a novel tool in the treatment of wide-necked intracranial aneurysms: initial experience in 32 cases. J Neurointerv Surg. 2015 Apr;7(4):281-5. doi: 10.1136/neurintsurg-2014-011157. Epub 2014 Apr 3. PubMed PMID: 24699567.
7)
Cho YD, Sohn CH, Kang HS, Kim JE, Cho WS, Hwang G, Kwon OK, Ko MS, Park NM, Han MH. Coil embolization of intracranial saccular aneurysms using the Low-profile Visualized Intraluminal Support (LVIS™) device. Neuroradiology. 2014 Jul;56(7):543-51. doi: 10.1007/s00234-014-1363-x. Epub 2014 Apr 17. PubMed PMID: 24740581.
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Möhlenbruch M, Herweh C, Behrens L, Jestaedt L, Amiri H, Ringleb PA, Bendszus M, Pham M. The LVIS Jr. microstent to assist coil embolization of wide-neck intracranial aneurysms: clinical study to assess safety and efficacy. Neuroradiology. 2014 May;56(5):389-95. doi: 10.1007/s00234-014-1345-z. Epub 2014 Mar 6. PubMed PMID: 24599219.
9)
Conrad MD, Brasiliense LB, Richie AN, Hanel RA. Y stenting assisted coiling using a new low profile visible intraluminal support device for wide necked basilar tip aneurysms: a technical report. J Neurointerv Surg. 2014 May;6(4):296-300. doi: 10.1136/neurintsurg-2013-010818. Epub 2013 Jun 22. PubMed PMID: 23794675.
10)
Spiotta AM, Miranpuri A, Chaudry MI, Turner RD 4th, Turk AS. Combined balloon stent technique with the Scepter C balloon and low-profile visualized intraluminal stent for the treatment of intracranial aneurysms. J Neurointerv Surg. 2013 Nov;5 Suppl 3:iii79-iii82. doi: 10.1136/neurintsurg-2012-010553. Epub 2012 Nov 20. PubMed PMID: 23172541.
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