How I do it: treatment of blood blister-like aneurysms of the supraclinoid internal carotid artery by extracranial-to-intracranial bypass and trapping
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Blood blister-like aneurysms (BBAs) pose a significant challenge to neurosurgeons and neuro-interventionalists. These fragile broad-based aneurysms have a propensity to rupture with minimal manipulation during surgical or endovascular explorations because, unlike saccular aneurysms, they lack all layers of the arterial wall. Aneurysm trapping with extracranial-intracranial (EC-IC) bypass is a safe and durable treatment for BBAs.
We describe our technique and the guiding principles for surgical bypass and trapping of BBAs of the supraclinoid internal carotid artery (ICA).
Treatment of BBAs of the supraclinoid ICA remains difficult. Aneurysm trapping with EC-IC bypass treats BBAs definitively by eliminating the diseased segment of the ICA. We have found the technique and principles described here to be safe and durable in our hands.
KeywordsBlood blister-like aneurysm Bypass surgery Surgical technique
Anterior cerebral artery
Anterior choroidal artery
Blood blister-like aneurysms
Balloon test occlusion
External carotid artery
Internal carotid artery
Indocyanine green videoangiography
Middle cerebral artery
Posterior cerebral artery
Posterior communicating artery
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