Turkish Neurosurgery 2015 , Vol 25 , Num 1
Endovascular Treatment of Ruptured True Posterior Communicating Artery Aneurysms
Yonglin YANG1, Wandong SU2, Qinghai MENG3
1The Affiliated Hospital of Qingdao University People’s Hospital of Rizhao, Department of Neurosurgery, Qingdao, China
2Qilu Hospital of Shandong University, Department of Neurosurgery, Jinan, China
3The Affiliated Hospital of Qingdao University, Department of Neurosurgery, Qingdao, China
DOI : 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.10137-13.1 AIM: Although true posterior communicating artery (PCoA) aneurysms are rare, they are of vital importance. We reviewed 9 patients with this fatal disease, who were treated with endovascular embolization, and discussed the meaning of endovascular embolization for the treatment of true PCoA aneurysms.

MATERIAL and METHODS: From September 2006 to May 2012, 9 patients with digital substraction angiography (DSA) confirmed true PCoA aneurysms were treated with endovascular embolization. Patients were followed-up with a minimal duration of 17 months and assessed by Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS) score.

RESULTS: All the patients presented with spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhage from the ruptured aneurysms. The ratio of males to females was 1:2, and the average age of onset was 59.9 (ranging from 52 to 72) years. The preoperative Hunt-Hess grade scores were I to III. All patients had recovered satisfactorily. No permanent neurological deficits were left.

CONCLUSION: Currently, endovascular embolization can be recommended as the top choice for the treatment of most true PCoA aneurysms, due to its advanced technique, especially the application of the stent-assisted coiling technique, combined with its advantage of mininal invasiveness and quick recovery. However, the choice of treatment methods should be based on the clinical and anatomical characteristics of the aneurysm and the skillfulness of the surgeon. Keywords : Angiography, Endovascular treatment, Aneurysm

Corresponding author : Qinghai Meng, mengqinghaiqingdao@163.com