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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 1248--1253

Surgical Treatment of Ruptured Anterior Circulation Aneurysms: Comparative Analysis of Modified Mini-Pterional and Standard Pterional Craniotomies

1 Department of Neurosurgery, Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Nagasaki, Japan
2 Department of Neurosurgery, Juzenkai Hospital, Nagasaki, Japan

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Dr. Tsuyoshi Izumo
Department of Neurosurgery, Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, 1-7-1 Sakamoto, Nagasaki 852-8501
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DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.271261

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Background: Minimally invasive surgical techniques for cerebral aneurysms have been developed. Aims: To compare the efficacy and safety of modified mini-pterional (mMPT) and standard pterional (PT) craniotomies for ruptured anterior circulation aneurysms. Materials and Methods: A total of 45 patients with ruptured anterior circulation aneurysms underwent surgical clipping; for 21 patients PT was used and for 24 patients mMPT was used. Initial clinical demographics and outcomes were retrospectively compared. A systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) score was derived by summing the number of variables meeting standard criteria for SIRS. Results: The two groups were comparable with initial clinical demographics. Total operative time was significantly shorter in the mMPT (166.6 minutes, P = 0.001) compared with the PT (235 minutes). The rate of permanent operative morbidity were similar in both groups (P = 0.92). The mean SIRS score at 24 hours after the completion of the operation was significantly lower for patients in the mMPT group (0.96, P = 0.01) as compared to the patients in the PT group (1.81). The rate of postoperative symptomatic vasospasm was significantly lower in patients operated through the mMPT (8.3%, P = 0.03) than the PT (38.1%). Good outcome at discharge was more frequently seen in the mMPT (91.7%) than in the PT (70%), but this difference was not statistically significant (P = 0.11). Conclusion: The mMPT craniotomy is a safe and less invasive approach for ruptured anterior circulation aneurysms, leading to a significant lower rate of postoperative symptomatic vasospasm and a marginally significant improvement in clinical outcomes.


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