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Incidental major artery aneurysms in patients with non-hemorrhagic moyamoya disease.
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PMID:  21279660     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Major artery aneurysms may be found incidentally while evaluating moyamoya disease (MMD). The purpose of this study was to delineate the prevalence and characteristics of these uncommon aneurysms with a brief mention of their management and outcomes. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of 249 adult patients who were diagnosed with non-hemorrhagic MMD. Cerebral angiograms obtained at the time of initial diagnosis were carefully reviewed to identify incidental aneurysms located on a major intracranial artery or near its tributaries. Aneurysms originating from distal peripheral arteries or moyamoya vessels were ineligible for this study. RESULTS: Nine patients (3.6%) were found to have 13 major artery aneurysms, 7 (54%) of which were located in the posterior circulation, especially in older patients with bilateral MMD. The sizes of all aneurysms were less than 10 mm. Surgical clipping was performed on two aneurysms, and endovascular coiling on six (five posterior circulation aneurysms). Ischemic complications occurred in two patients after clipping of an anterior communicating artery aneurysm and in one patient after the second coiling of a recanalized basilar tip aneurysm. CONCLUSIONS: Incidental major artery aneurysms can be found in 3.6% of adult patients with non-hemorrhagic MMD, an observed frequency that increases with age. About half of these aneurysms are located in the posterior circulation, particularly in older patients with bilateral MMD. Considering the risks of treatment-related complications, more information about the natural course of these aneurysms is needed to design proper management strategies both for the aneurysms and MMD.
Je Young Yeon; Jong-Soo Kim; Seung-Chyul Hong
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-1-31
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Title:  Acta neurochirurgica     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0942-0940     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
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Created Date:  2011-1-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0151000     Medline TA:  Acta Neurochir (Wien)     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Neurosurgery, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 50 IL-Won Dong, Kang-Nam Ku, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 135-710.
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