Surgical approach to posterior inferior cerebellar artery aneurysms

Alessio Albanese, Giuseppe Maria Della Pepa, B La Pira, CL Sturiale

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Background The far-lateral is a standardised approach to clip aneurysms of the posterior inferior cerebellar artery (PICA). Different variants can be adopted to manage aneurysms that differ in morphology, topography, ruptured status, cerebellar swelling and surgeon preference.Method We distinguished five paradigmatic approaches aimed to manage aneurysms that are: proximal unruptured; proximal ruptured requiring posterior fossa decompression (PFD); proximal ruptured not requiring PFD; distal unruptured; distal ruptured.Conclusions Preoperative planning in the setting of PICA aneurysm surgery is of paramount importance to perform an effective and safe procedure, to ensure an adequate PFD and optimal proximal control before aneurysm manipulation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-299
Number of pages5
JournalActa Neurochirurgica
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Clipping
  • Far lateral approach
  • Hockey-stick
  • PICA aneurysms
  • Posterior inferior cerebellar artery aneurysm


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