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Neurosurgery. 2013 Jun;72(2 Suppl Operative):onsE235-40; discussion ons240. doi: 10.1227/NEU.0b013e31827bc7c1.

Simplified azygos anterior cerebral bypass: y-shaped superficial temporal artery interposition graft from A2 with double reimplantation of pericallosal arteries: technical case report.

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Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery Team, Institute of Neurosurgery Asenjo, Santiago, Chile.



Trapping with distal revascularization is a therapeutic option for giant aneurysms that cannot be clipped or coiled. In skull base lesions such as meningiomas, arterial encasement is often present, requiring, in some cases, revascularization procedures: extracranial-to-intracranial bypass and more recently intracranial-to-intracranial techniques. These techniques are used only in exceptional cases of tumors in other localizations.


We report a case of a recurrent malignant frontal falx meningioma with encasement of both pericallosal arteries (PcaAs). During resection of the lesion, the left PcaA was sectioned and the right PcaA was occluded for manipulation and coagulation of the tumor. The occlusion was diagnosed with indocyanine green videoangiography. A Y-shaped superficial temporal artery graft was obtained in the right side, and the anterior cerebral artery circulation was reconstructed using an intracranial-to-intracranial bypass in the following fashion: right A2 to superficial temporal artery Y-shaped graft for both PcaAs. The patient's postoperative period was uneventful with no deficit, and the computed tomography angiography showed the preservation of both PcaAs.


To the best of our knowledge, this microsurgical reconstruction of the PcaAs has not been performed before in a meningioma or a complex aneurysm case. We think the use of a superficial temporal artery as an in situ graft is more straightforward compared with other interposition grafts such as the radial artery graft or saphenous vein graft. The use of intracranial-to-intracranial techniques is the proper evolution of the use of classic extracranial-to-intracranial cerebral revascularization techniques.

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