Giant aneurysms of the basilar artery are rare and are frequently associated with obstructive hydrocephalus and brainstem compression. Treatment still remains a challenge both for neurosurgeons and for interventional neuroradiologists. Cases reported in the literature are anecdotal and, overall, their outcomes are poor. We present the case of a patient with a giant aneurysm of the basilar artery tip, involving the origin of both the posterior cerebral and superior cerebellar arteries, who underwent coiling and ventriculoperitoneal shunting for associated obstructive hydrocephalus. A pCONus ® stent (Phenox; Bochum, Germany) was detached with its petals opened over the ostia of the parent vessels, with the aim being to reconstruct the neck of the aneurysm and to preserve the flow in the parent vessel. Moreover, the presence of the stent was useful to maintain the coils within the dome of the aneurysm. The pCONus is a new neurovascular device that is also useful for treating cases of complex basilar artery aneurysms when the ostia of the parent vessel origin is at the level of the aneurysm neck.
- Basilar artery
- Giant aneurysm