Microneurosurgical Management of Posterior Inferior Cerebellar Artery Aneurysms: Results of a Consecutive Series

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Aneurysms of the posterior inferior cerebellar artery (PICA) are uncommon. The complex anatomy of PICA and its intimate relationships with medulla, lower cranial nerves, and jugular tubercle makes the surgical treatment of these aneurysms fascinating. The reported is study aimed at a critical review of the overall results of a personal series of PICA aneurysms, treated by the senior author, R. Galzio. Demographics, charts, videos, outcome, and follow-up of a cohort of PICA aneurysms managed in the last 10 years were retrospectively analyzed, focusing only upon those treated with microneurosurgery. Twenty-five patients, harboring a single aneurysm, were operated on. Fifteen aneurysms were ruptured. Nineteen were proximal, all of these being been treated through a far-lateral approach. Trans-condylar or trans-tubercular variants were rarely necessary and however reserved to peculiar cases. Twenty-three aneurysms underwent direct treatment consisting of clip ligation. At 6-month follow-up, 60% of patients had a modified Rankin Score (mRS) of 0–2. Given the high anatomical variability of both PICA and patients’ bony anatomy, a case-by-case meticulous preoperative imaging evaluation is mandatory for the choice of the most suitable and tailored surgical corridor which, in turn, is pivotal to achieve the best outcome.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationActa Neurochirurgica, Supplementum
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameActa Neurochirurgica, Supplementum
ISSN (Print)0065-1419
ISSN (Electronic)2197-8395


  • By-pass surgery
  • Clipping
  • Endovascular procedures
  • Far-lateral approach
  • PICA aneurysms
  • Posterior inferior cerebellar artery aneurysms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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