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Fantastic voyage of the minute platinum coil which quelled an aneurysm and saved a life.

COILING is a relatively new technique, developed to avoid cutting into a patient's skull.

Tiny platinum coils are threaded through a micro catheter into an artery in the patient's groin, and fed up through the blood vessel into the aneurysm.

An aneurysm is a balloon-type phenomenon caused by an explosion, possibly because of a build-up of pressure, in an artery or blood vessel.

Each coil is attached to a delivery wire, allowing the physician to withdraw or reposition the coil to ensure ideal placement. The coils are flexible enough to fill the aneurysm's individual shape. They are used to obstruct the flow of blood into the cavity.

Once positioned within the aneurysm, the coil is detached from the delivery wire using an electrical charge. The coils stay in the patient's brain for life.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 12, 2006
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