The Re-Anastomosis End-To-End Bypass Technique: A Comprehensive Review of the Technical Characteristics and Surgical Experience
Re-anastomosis end-to-end bypass is a straightforward subtype of intracranial-intracranial reconstruction technique that has been utilized to treat complex aneurysms and skull base tumors. This simple technique involves connecting the cut ends of an afferent and efferent artery under added tension after excising the lesion. The current study aims to provide a detailed description of the technical pitfalls, ideal anatomical sites and indications, and clinical outcomes for intracranial complex disorders. A literature search was performed using the terms â€œintracranial-intracranial bypass,â€ â€œre-anastomosis bypass,â€ â€œreconstructive bypass,â€ â€œend-to-end bypass,â€ and â€œend-to-end anastomosisâ€ to identify pertinent articles. Articles involving end-to-end re-anastomosis combined with other bypass methods were excluded. Computer-tablet-drawn illustrations of this technique are provided to enhance comprehension. Eighty-six patients who met our search and inclusion criteria were identified between 1978 and the present. However, comprehensive descriptions of medical records and neuroimaging were available in only 41 cases (40 complex aneurysms and a skull base tumor). Of 40 reported cases of complex cerebral aneurysms treated by this technique, the overall rate of full recovery without complication is 87.5% (35/40). Meanwhile, all aneurysms were completely eliminated from the circulation, with 92.5% of bypasses being patent. End-to-end re-anastomosis remains a simple modality in the microsurgical bypass armamentarium. Safe and effective surgical outcomes can be achieved in select cases that rarely involve perforators or branches.
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Wang, Long; Cai, Li; Qian, Hai; Tanikawa, Rokuya; Lawton, Michael T.; and Shi, Xiang, "The Re-Anastomosis End-To-End Bypass Technique: A Comprehensive Review of the Technical Characteristics and Surgical Experience" (2019). Neurosurgery. 461.