Incorporation of transradial approach in neuroendovascular procedures: Defining benchmarks for rates of complications and conversion to femoral access

Eyad Almallouhi, Sami Al Kasab, Mithun G. Sattur, Jonathan Lena, Pascal M. Jabbour, Ahmad Sweid, Nohra Chalouhi, M. Reid Gooch, Robert M. Starke, Eric C. Peterson, Dileep R. Yavagal, Stephanie H. Chen, Yangchun Li, Bradley A. Gross, Daniel A. Tonetti, Benjamin M. Zussman, Jeremy G. Stone, Ashutosh P. Jadhav, Brian T. Jankowitz, Christopher C. YoungDo H. Lim, Michael R. Levitt, Joshua W. Osbun, Alejandro M. Spiotta

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Background The transradial approach (TRA) has gained increasing popularity for neuroendovascular procedures. However, the experience with TRA in neuroangiography is still in early stages in most centers, and the safety and feasibility of this approach have not been well established. The purpose of this study is to report the safety and feasibility of TRA for neuroendovascular procedures. Methods We reviewed charts from six institutions in the USA to include consecutive patients who underwent diagnostic or interventional neuroendovascular procedures through TRA from July 2018 to July 2019. Collected data included baseline characteristics, procedural variables, complications, and whether there was a crossover to transfemoral access. Results A total of 2203 patients were included in the study (age 56.1±15.2, 60.8% women). Of these, 1697 (77%) patients underwent diagnostic procedures and 506 (23%) underwent interventional procedures. Successfully completed procedures included aneurysm coiling (n=97), flow diversion (n=89), stent-assisted coiling (n=57), balloon-assisted coiling (n=19), and stroke thrombectomy (n=76). Crossover to femoral access was required in 114 (5.2%). There were no major complications related to the radial access site. Minor complications related to access site were seen in 14 (0.6%) patients. Conclusion In this early stage of transforming to the 'radial-first' approach for neuroendovascular procedures, TRA was safe with low complication rates for both diagnostic and interventional procedures. A wide range of procedures were completed successfully using TRA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1122-1126
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of neurointerventional surgery
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2020


  • aneurysm
  • angiography
  • arteriovenous malformation
  • balloon
  • device

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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