Surgical management of ruptured and unruptured symptomatic posterior inferior cerebellar artery aneurysms

Br J Neurosurg. 2004 Dec;18(6):608-12. doi: 10.1080/02688690400022870.


This retrospective study analyses the outcome of posterior inferior cerebellar artery aneurysms treated surgically. Thirteen consecutive ruptured and unruptured PICA aneurysm patients from January 1998 to January 2004 were reviewed retrospectively. The mean age was 49.1 +/- 7.4 years. Three were unruptured aneurysms and ten presented with acute subarachnoid haemorrahge. Surgery was performed immediately after completed 4 vessel angiograms using the far lateral approach. Eight were fusiform while five were saccular aneurysms. The saccular aneurysms were clipped. Treatment of the fusiform aneurysms included 3 trappings and three proximal clippings. One patient refused surgery and had endovascular occlusion of a giant PICA aneurysm. Eight out of ten (80%) operated patients needed CSF shunting for hydrocephalus. All check angiograms during follow up demonstrated adequate exclusion of the aneurysms from the circulation. None developed the PICA syndrome clinically or showed infarction on brain scans. All good grade patients recovered without neurological deficits. Our experience showed that early surgery for ruptured PICA aneurysm carries a good prognosis with low morbidity. In aneurysms that cannot be clipped, sacrifice of the PICA without revascularisation procedures in proximally located PICA aneurysms may still be feasible if the occlusion is done distal to the perforators.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aneurysm, Ruptured / diagnostic imaging
  • Aneurysm, Ruptured / surgery*
  • Cerebellum / blood supply*
  • Cerebral Revascularization
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Glasgow Outcome Scale
  • Humans
  • Hydrocephalus / etiology
  • Hydrocephalus / surgery
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / diagnostic imaging
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / surgery*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications / surgery
  • Radiography
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage / surgery
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt