Published online Jul 28, 2015. doi: 10.4329/wjr.v7.i7.143
Peer-review started: January 15, 2015
First decision: April 10, 2015
Revised: April 17, 2015
Accepted: May 5, 2015
Article in press: May 6, 2015
Published online: July 28, 2015
Core tip: This editorial deals with interventional radiological techniques in the splanchnic arteries, focusing on what has been achieved and the remaining challenges. For splanchnic artery aneurysms, we should recognize that we are not, in reality, well informed about their natural history. The indications for the embolization of aneurysms are limited depending on the morphology of the aneurysm and surrounding vessels. Rotational angiography and other recently developed imaging techniques can help analyze the vascular anatomy of every lesion in decision making on the appropriate treatment for each patient when choosing between embolization, surgery and surveillance.