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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 69  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 787--788

Microsurgical Management of PICA Aneurysms

Sandeep Kandregula, Bharat Guthikonda 
 Department of Neurosurgery, LSU Health Sciences, Shreveport, US

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Sandeep Kandregula
Department of Neurosurgery, LSU Health Sciences, Shreveport

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Kandregula S, Guthikonda B. Microsurgical Management of PICA Aneurysms.Neurol India 2021;69:787-788

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Kandregula S, Guthikonda B. Microsurgical Management of PICA Aneurysms. Neurol India [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 May 16 ];69:787-788
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Posterior Inferior cerebellar artery (PICA) aneurysms are the second most common posterior circulation aneurysms after basilar apex aneurysms. Although the PICA aneurysm can be treated by clipping and coiling, sometimes smaller caliber of the PICA, wide neck aneurysms and the mass effect over the adjacent brainstem structures dictates a microsurgical management.

Generally, the proximal PICA aneurysms were managed using the variants of the far lateral and retro sigmoid approaches and distal aneurysms using the midline approaches. Given the vast variations in the origin of the PICA aneurysm from vertebral artery, a careful pre-operative planning is essential. High riding vertebral artery is one of the important variations where a modified retro mastoid craniotomy which enables the access to the glossopharyngeal-acoustic triangle for clipping of the PICA aneurysms along with the proximal and distal control.[1] In this illustration we intend to show the modified retro mastoid craniotomy and the anatomy of glossopharyngeal -acoustic triangle.

Device: I pad pro-12

Software: Procreate



1Peitz GW, McDermott RA, Baranoski JF, Lawton MT, Mascitelli JR. Extended retrosigmoid craniotomy and approach through the glossopharyngeal cochlear triangle for clipping of a high-riding vertebral-posterior inferior cerebellar artery aneurysm: 2-dimensional operative video. Operative Neurosurgery. 2021 May 14.