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Neuroradiology. 2001 Jun;43(6):466-71.

The value of intraoperative angiography in surgery of intracranial aneurysms: a prospective study in 126 patients.

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Department of Neurosurgery, Landeskrankenhaus Feldkirch, Austria.


The value of intraoperative digital subtraction angiography in surgery for intracranial aneurysms, the benefits and cost-effectiveness are a matter of discussion. We prospectively studied 126 patients with 144 aneurysms, most on the anterior intracranial circulation, who underwent clipping and intraoperative angiography. Follow-up was 28.4 +/- 13.1 months. We tried to work out the indications for intraoperative angiography of the anterior circulation and its cost-effectiveness. In 10.3 % of patients (9 % per aneurysm) unexpected findings were shown by intraoperative angiography: inadequately clipped aneurysms in 10 (7.9 %), a completely unclipped aneurysm in one (0.8 %) and occluded major arteries in two (1.6 %). A broad neck was a variable of statistical significance for inadequate clipping or stenosis or occlusion of an adjacent vessel. There was a strong trend for aneurysms more than 15 mm in diameter to be "risky". Their site was not a predictive factor. We believe that intraoperative angiography is indicated in surgery not only on large and giant aneurysms, but also broad-based aneurysms of the anterior cerebral circulation regardless of their size. It is cost-effective compared to postoperative angiography. The rate of stroke in our hands was 0.8%.

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