J Neurol Surg A Cent Eur Neurosurg 2019; 80(03): 180-186
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1666791
Original Article
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Contralateral Approach to Paraclinoid Aneurysms: Angiographic Analysis and Surgical Results of 12 Patients

Jiantao Wang
1  Department of Neurosurgery, Beijing Anzhen Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China
2  Department of Neurosurgery, Beijing Tiantan Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China
,
Jun Wu
2  Department of Neurosurgery, Beijing Tiantan Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China
,
Yong Cao
2  Department of Neurosurgery, Beijing Tiantan Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China
,
Zhisheng Kan
1  Department of Neurosurgery, Beijing Anzhen Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China
,
Shuo Wang
2  Department of Neurosurgery, Beijing Tiantan Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China
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Publication History

25 October 2017

13 March 2018

Publication Date:
07 March 2019 (eFirst)

Abstract

Background and Study Aims To explore the usefulness of a unilateral approach for clipping multiple aneurysms including a contralateral paraclinoid aneurysm.

Materials and Methods Between January 2011 and May 2016, the unilateral approach was used to clip a contralateral paraclinoid aneurysm plus additional ipsilateral aneurysms. The records of these patients were analyzed retrospectively.

Results A total of 27 bilateral aneurysms in 12 patients were clipped successfully via a unilateral pterional craniotomy. All patients showed a good recovery (Glasgow Outcome Scale score: 5). Postoperative digital subtraction angiography or computed tomography angiography did not show any residual aneurysm. Of the three patients with preoperative visual symptoms, two showed improvement. No visual function impairment was observed among the others.

Conclusion The contralateral approach remains a safe and reliable treatment option for selected paraclinoid aneurysms and allows to clip additional ipsilateral aneurysm(s). Feasibility depends on the type of paraclinoid aneurysm and other specific related features. It is an alternative approach for experienced neurosurgeons.