Anterior Cerebral Artery Amputation and Salvage Repair of Internal Carotid Artery Tear: Technical Case Report
OBJECTIVE: We describe a novel technique used to repair an unanticipated tear of the internal carotid artery (ICA) requiring anterior cerebral artery (ACA) amputation to allow primary repair of the arteriotomy. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: A 59-year-old woman underwent an orbitozygomatic craniotomy to treat a large, suprasellar, thyroid-stimulating hormone-secreting adenoma. During resection, an incidental ICA tear occurred opposite the exit of the middle cerebral artery. TECHNIQUE: After an ICA tear on the wall opposite the middle cerebral artery occurred, clips were placed on the ICA, middle cerebral artery, and ACA. Primary closure was not feasible without critically stenosing the ICA. The ipsilateral ACA was clipped and amputated just distal to its origin. The relaxation afforded by amputating the ACA allowed primary suture repair of the arteriotomy. A clip was placed on the proximal ACA stump. The distal ACA stump revealed good backflow and was also clipped. CONCLUSION: When an arteriotomy of a large intracranial artery cannot be repaired primarily, creative alternatives must be considered. Amputation of a branch artery with sufficient collateral flow is a method to afford adequate relaxation for primary repair of an arteriotomy. This novel method should be considered in the armamentarium of neurosurgeons to minimize the impact of potentially disastrous vascular complications. Copyright Â© by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.
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Wait, Scott D.; Chang, Steven W.; Killory, Brendan D.; White, William L.; and Spetzler, Robert F., "Anterior Cerebral Artery Amputation and Salvage Repair of Internal Carotid Artery Tear: Technical Case Report" (2009). Neurosurgery. 33.