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Extradural haemorrhage: is there a role for endovascular treatment?
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PMID:  22946965     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The middle meningeal artery (MMA) is the most proximal and largest branch of the internal maxillary artery (IMA). It courses superiorly to the foramen spinosum making a sharp right angle bend entering the skull. The MMA has frontal, parietal and petrosal branches, the frontal branch being identified by its anterior convex curve along the greater wing of sphenoid. Trauma and a resultant extradural haematoma (EDH) demands urgent neurosurgical intervention to prevent imminent foramen magnum herniation and rapid demise. The seriousness of EDHs cannot be overstated and is a clear neurosurgical emergency requiring immediate definitive management. Historically craniotomy is the gold standard. But recent advances propose angiography and subsequent embolization as an alternative to craniotomy. We employed embolization to manage EDHs in two cases whose original clinical presentation did not demand urgent surgery. We discuss their subsequent management focusing on treatment choices and the potential role of endovascular techniques. We describe an alternative diagnostic protocol and embolic agents using Onyx and coils.
Simon Lammy; Roy McConnell; Mahmoud Kamel; Ian Rennie; Syed Al-Haddad
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-9-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  British journal of neurosurgery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1360-046X     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Neurosurg     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-9-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8800054     Medline TA:  Br J Neurosurg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Neurosurgery, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary , Aberdeen, Scotland , UK.
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