Three-Dimensional Angiographic Evaluation of Middle Cerebral Artery Trunk Aneurysms: Demonstration of the Close Relationship Between the Early Frontal Cortical Branches and Lateral Lenticulostriate Arteries.

Abstract

BACKGROUND For the treatment planning of a patient with a middle cerebral artery (MCA) trunk aneurysm, understanding the anatomic relationship among the aneurysm, branching vessels, and lenticulostriate arteries (LSAs) is important. We aimed to demonstrate the branching-vessel anatomy related to an MCA trunk aneurysm using 3-dimensional (3D) angiography. METHODS We retrospectively reviewed 3D angiographic findings of 64 cases of MCA trunk aneurysms using a 3D workstation with various postprocessing conditions. We classified the aneurysms into 4 groups (early frontal cortical branch [EFCB], early temporal cortical branch [ETCB], LSA, and nonbranching aneurysms) and analyzed the relationship between the branching vessels and the LSAs. RESULTS There were 30 EFCB aneurysms, 25 ETCB aneurysms, 7 LSA aneurysms, and 2 nonbranching aneurysms. Twenty-six (86.7%) of the 30 EFCB aneurysms shared common origins and were associated with the LSAs, but none of the 25 ETCB aneurysms were. Three of 24 patients who received clipping for an EFCB aneurysm experienced a postoperative infarction in the LSA territory. In these 3 patients, the LSA originated from the EFCB and was closely related with the aneurysm. CONCLUSIONS We have identified a clinically important anatomic relationship between the MCA trunk aneurysm and branching vessels, including the LSAs. EFCB aneurysms show a close relationship with the LSAs. Pretreatment identification of the origin of the LSAs is important to obviate any perforator injury in EFCB aneurysms.

DOI: 10.1016/j.wneu.2016.04.065

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@article{Park2016ThreeDimensionalAE, title={Three-Dimensional Angiographic Evaluation of Middle Cerebral Artery Trunk Aneurysms: Demonstration of the Close Relationship Between the Early Frontal Cortical Branches and Lateral Lenticulostriate Arteries.}, author={Jung Cheol Park and Jae Ho Shim and D. H. Lee and Jae Sung Ahn and Dong-Geun Lee and Kuhyun Yang and Wonhyoung Park and Hae-Won Koo and Yuan Yuan Jiang and Do Hoon Kwon and Byung Duk Kwun}, journal={World neurosurgery}, year={2016}, volume={91}, pages={383-9} }