Huy M. Do

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  • Posterior inferior cerebellar artery aneurysms associated with posterior fossa arteriovenous malformation - Report of five cases and literature review SURGICAL NEUROLOGY Kaptain, G. J., Lanzino, G., Do, H. M., Kassell, N. F. 1999; 51 (2): 146-152


    The association of posterior inferior cerebellar artery (PICA) aneurysms with posterior fossa arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is uncommon. Over the past 3 years, five patients with this condition were treated at this institution. A review of the clinical history of these and other reported cases has illuminated common threads in the presentation, treatment, and outcome of these lesions.The findings of 27 patients (5 from our institution and 22 from the medical literature) with PICA aneurysms associated with AVMs were reviewed.Eighty-four percent of individuals presented with sub-arachnoid hemorrhage (SAH); 89% of these episodes resulted from aneurysm rupture documented by either intraoperative inspection or autopsy. All aneurysms were located on a feeding artery to the AVM, and 81% originated from distal portions of PICA. The majority of patients presented with Hunt & Hess grade I SAH; all patients who presented with hemorrhage were treated surgically. Surgical strategy was directed both to secure the aneurysm and to resect the AVM during the course of a single procedure. Although four individuals either died on admission or in the perioperative period, overall outcome was excellent or good in 82% of patients.PICA aneurysms associated with AVMs most often involve the distal segments of the artery. Patients usually present with SAH secondary to aneurysmal rupture. Surgical clipping of the aneurysm and excision of the AVM is possible in a single procedure with minimal morbidity. Overall prognosis is favorable in 80% of the cases.

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