Recurrence of ICA-PCoA aneurysms after neck clipping

J Neurosurg. 1994 Jan;80(1):58-63. doi: 10.3171/jns.1994.80.1.0058.


Between 1975 and 1992, 2211 patients underwent aneurysmal neck clipping at the Nara Medical University clinic and associated hospitals. The aneurysm in 931 of these patients was situated at the junction of the internal carotid artery (ICA) and posterior communicating artery (PCoA). Seven patients were readmitted 4 to 17 years after the first surgery because of regrowth and rupture of an ICA-PCoA aneurysmal sac that had arisen from the residual neck. On angiograms obtained following aneurysmal neck clipping, a large primitive type of PCoA was demonstrated in six patients and a small PCoA in one. A small residual aneurysm was confirmed in only two patients and angiographically complete neck clipping in five. Recurrent ICA-PCoA aneurysms were separated into two types based on the position of the old clip in relation to the new growth. Type 1 aneurysms regrow from the entire neck and balloon eccentrically. In this type, it is possible to apply the clip at the neck as in conventional clipping for a ruptured aneurysm. Type 2 includes aneurysms in which the proximal portion of a previous clip is situated at the corner of the ICA and aneurysmal neck and the distal portion on the enlarged dome of the aneurysm, because the sac is regrowing from a portion of the residual neck. In this type of aneurysm, a Sugita fenestrated clip can occlude the residual neck, overriding the old clip. Classifying these aneurysms into two groups is very useful from a surgical point of view because it is possible to apply a new clip without removing the old clip, which was found to be adherent to surrounding tissue.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aneurysm / classification
  • Aneurysm / surgery*
  • Angiography
  • Carotid Artery Diseases / classification
  • Carotid Artery Diseases / surgery*
  • Carotid Artery, Internal / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / classification
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / surgery*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Recurrence
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage / classification
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage / surgery*