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Neurosurgery. 2009 Feb;64(2):218-29; discussion 229-30. doi: 10.1227/01.NEU.0000337127.73667.80.

Results, outcomes, and follow-up of remnants in the treatment of ophthalmic aneurysms: a 16-year experience of a combined neurosurgical and endovascular team.

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Department of Neurosurgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202, USA.



Ophthalmic aneurysms present unique challenges to a vascular team. This study reviews the 16-year experience of a multidisciplinary neurovascular service in the treatment, complications, outcomes, and follow-up of patients with ophthalmic aneurysms from 1990 to 2005.


A retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data of 134 patients with 157 ophthalmic aneurysms is presented. Subgroup analysis is performed based on treatment and clinical presentation of the patients.


Clinical outcomes are reported using the Glasgow Outcome Scale. A "good" outcome is defined as a Glasgow Outcome Scale score of 4 or 5, and a "poor" outcome is defined as a Glasgow Outcome Scale score of 1 to 3. Outcome was related to patient age (P = 0.0002) and aneurysm size (P = 0.046). Outcomes for patients with ruptured aneurysms were related to hypertension (P < 0.0001) and clinical admission grade (P = 0.001). In patients with unruptured aneurysms, a good clinical outcome was noted in 103 (92.7%) of 111 patients at discharge and 83 (94.3%) of 88 patients at the time of the 1-year follow-up evaluation. Complete clipping was attained in 89 (79.5%) of 112 patients with angiographic follow-up. Patients with aneurysm remnants from both coiling and clipping had a low risk of regrowth, and there were no rehemorrhages. One of 25 patients with angiographic follow-up (average, 4.3 +/- 4.1 years) after "complete" clipping showed recurrence of the aneurysm.


Despite the difficulties presented by ophthalmic aneurysms, these lesions can be successfully managed by a multidisciplinary team. Imaging follow-up of patients is important, as there is a risk of aneurysm regrowth after either coiling or clipping.

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