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J Neurosurg. 1989 Apr;70(4):556-60.

Regrowth of aneurysm sacs from residual neck following aneurysm clipping.

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Department of Diagnostic Radiology (Neuroradiology), University Hospital, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.


It is recognized that incomplete treatment of an aneurysm may result in recurrent hemorrhage with serious or fatal consequences. For this reason, patients treated at the authors' institution in whom a large portion of the aneurysm neck or sac remained after application of a clip or ligature have been subjected to reoperation. However, 1- to 2-mm residual necks seen in postoperative angiography have been thought to pose little risk. Some cases of aneurysms recurring from a narrow residual neck after clipping have been reported, and a few instances of recurrent aneurysm have been described after apparently complete occlusion of the neck (as observed angiographically or in the surgeon's judgment). In recent years, a surprising number of cases have been presented in which this seemingly unimportant remnant of the neck dilated over a long period to become a dangerous aneurysm. This finding stresses the importance of complete aneurysm occlusion and of postoperative angiography for the recognition of a residual aneurysm neck. This should be important not only in aneurysm clipping but also in the endovascular treatment of intracranial aneurysms with detachable balloons.

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