Ruptured mycotic aneurysms: Report and outcomes of two surgically managed patients

Surg Neurol Int. 2017 Jul 11;8:144. doi: 10.4103/sni.sni_78_17. eCollection 2017.


Background: Mycotic aneurysm is a rare potentially life-threatening complication of infective endocarditis (IE). Little data is available on the management and outcomes of ruptured mycotic aneurysms with large intracerebral hematoma. Few cases have been described on the management of mycotic aneurysm in the presence of life-threatening hematoma and mass effect.

Case description: We are presenting two cases of ruptured mycotic aneurysm with intracerebral hematoma and impending brain herniation. Both patients had signs of high intracranial pressure and required urgent surgical evacuation of clot. One patient survived while the other patient expired soon after surgery.

Conclusion: Mycotic aneurysm of middle cerebral artery (MCA) in IE with intracranial hemorrhage is rare and urgent surgical decompression, and aneurysmal clipping can be lifesaving.

Keywords: Infective endocarditis; intracranial hemorrhage; mycotic aneurysm; neurosurgical emergency; rheumatic heart disease.

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