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Petrosal approaches to posterior circulation aneurysms.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22853840     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Complex posterior circulation aneurysms are formidable lesions with an abysmal natural history. Their management continues to present a challenge to both endovascular and open microsurgical approaches. Affording an expansive, combined supra- and infratentorial exposure, the petrosal approaches are well suited for these challenging lesions when located along the basilar trunk or at a low-lying basilar apex. This report evaluates the evolution and application of petrosal approaches to these lesions. Excluding transsigmoid, infratentorial, or labyrinth-sacrificing approaches, the authors found 23 reports with 61 posterior circulation aneurysms treated via a petrosal approach. Although early morbidity was not negligible, rates of aneurysm occlusion (95% overall) and long-term outcome were quite laudable in light of the challenge posed by these lesions. Moreover, with accumulating experience with petrosal approaches, rates of complications are likely to wane, as neurosurgeons capitalize on the expansive exposure afforded by these indispensable approaches.
Authors:
Bradley A Gross; Daryoush Tavanaiepour; Rose Du; Ossama Al-Mefty; Ian F Dunn
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neurosurgical focus     Volume:  33     ISSN:  1092-0684     ISO Abbreviation:  Neurosurg Focus     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-08-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100896471     Medline TA:  Neurosurg Focus     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  E9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Neurological Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.
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