Microsurgical Creation of Giant Bifurcation Aneurysms in Rabbits for the Evaluation of Endovascular Devices

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Giant aneurysms are dangerous lesions requiring endovascular treatment, with high rates of aneurysm recanalization and re-rupture. Reliable in vivo models are rare but are required for testing new endovascular devices. We demonstrate the technical aspects of the creation of giant bifurcation aneurysms in New Zealand white rabbits (2.5-5.5 kg). A 25-30 mm long venous pouch is taken from the external jugular vein, and a bifurcation between both carotid arteries is created microsurgically. The pouch is sutured in the bifurcation to mimic a giant aneurysm. This protocol summarizes our previously published standard technique for venous pouch true arterial bifurcation aneurysms and highlights its essential modification steps for giant aneurysms. Using this modified technique, we were able to create an animal model for giant aneurysms with high comparability to humans regarding the hemodynamics and coagulation systems. Furthermore, low morbidity and high aneurysm patency rates were achieved. The proposed giant aneurysm model offers an excellent possibility for testing new endovascular devices.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere63738
JournalJournal of Visualized Experiments
Issue number199
Publication statusPublished - 08 Sept 2023


  • Humans
  • Rabbits
  • Animals
  • Aneurysm/diagnostic imaging
  • Blood Coagulation
  • Jugular Veins
  • Models, Animal
  • Subclavian Vein


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