Microsurgical Clipping of an Unruptured Basilar Apex Aneurysm: 2-Dimensional Operative Video.
Aneurysms of the basilar artery apex are generally at an increased risk of rupture compared with aneurysms in other locations, and the risk of rupture increases with increasing aneurysm size. Therefore, these lesions necessitate treatment to decrease the risk of rupture. The location, size, and directionality of dome projection influence the difficulty of microsurgical treatment. The patient presented with an incidental basilar apex aneurysm identified on workup for headaches. The aneurysm projected superoposteriorly into the interpeduncular cistern. The surgical approach involved a wide exposure of the basilar apex complex and meticulous identification and preservation of P1 perforators during clip applications. It was imperative to visualize all perforators on both sides of the clip prior to application, given the severe morbidity associated with a perforator infarct. The patient tolerated the procedure well and remained neurologically intact after the operation. This video is an exemplary demonstration of basilar apex aneurysm clip application for an incidentally discovered aneurysm. The patient gave informed consent for surgery and video recording. Institutional review board approval was deemed unnecessary. Used with permission from Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, Arizona.
Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown)
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Hendricks, Benjamin K and Spetzler, Robert F, "Microsurgical Clipping of an Unruptured Basilar Apex Aneurysm: 2-Dimensional Operative Video." (2020). Neurosurgery. 638.