The surgical management of contralateral anterior circulation intracranial aneurysms

J Clin Neurosci. 2001 Jul;8(4):319-24. doi: 10.1054/jocn.2000.0820.


This study reviews the surgical management of contralateral anterior circulation aneurysms in patients with bilateral intracranial aneurysms repaired following a unilateral craniotomy. Between 1993 and 1999, 27 patients had 88 intracranial aneurysms repaired. Eleven patients presented following subarachnoid haemorrhage. Excluding midline aneurysms, 31 anterior circulation aneurysms were contralateral to the craniotomy and all were repaired at the same time that ipsilateral or midline aneurysms were repaired. Morbidity included one death and one case of loss of unilateral vision directly attributable to surgery and two cases of cerebral infarction due to vasospasm. No new neurological deficit or mortality could be directly attributed to the repair of a contralateral aneurysm. The repair of all accessible aneurysms, including those contralateral to the craniotomy, during one session avoids the risk of haemorrhage from incidental or unrecognised ruptured aneurysms (particularly during the aggressive treatment of vasospasm), avoids a second craniotomy, decreases overall hospitalisation and can improve visualisation of carotid-ophthalmic aneurysms.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Angiography, Digital Subtraction
  • Carotid Artery Diseases / diagnosis
  • Carotid Artery Diseases / physiopathology
  • Carotid Artery Diseases / surgery
  • Cerebral Angiography
  • Cerebrovascular Circulation*
  • Craniotomy / methods*
  • Female
  • Functional Laterality
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / diagnosis
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / physiopathology*
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / surgery*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Vasospasm, Intracranial / diagnosis
  • Vasospasm, Intracranial / physiopathology
  • Vasospasm, Intracranial / surgery