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Nancy Mclaughlin and Michel W. Bojanowski

Object. Most reports of series on ruptured intracranial aneurysms contain information on select intraoperative complications. An understanding of all surgical complications, however, may guide us toward improved surgical procedures and enrich discussions concerning alternative management strategies, such as endovascular treatment, which are not exempt from complications and aneurysm recurrence.

Methods. The study consists of a retrospective review of the charts, images, and notes from follow-up visits of 143 consecutive patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) who were surgically treated during a 3-year period by one neurosurgeon. A surgical complication was determined based on findings of a clinical and/or radiological study in the absence of confounding factors such as the initial SAH ictus, vasospasm, hydrocephalus, and septic status. Functional outcome was assessed between 2 and 3 months post-SAH by using the Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS). A procedure-related surgical complication was diagnosed in 29 (20.3%) of 143 patients studied. A brain tissue injury, including cerebral edema and hemorrhagic contusions, was diagnosed in 6.3% of patients, an unpredicted residual aneurysm neck in 5.3% of patients, and a cranial nerve deficit in 2.8% of patients. Functional outcome was good in 22 (75.9%) of the 29 patients with surgical complications. Death due to a surgical complication occurred in one (0.7%) of 143 patients.

Conclusions. Surgical complications are more prevalent than previously thought. They may have been overlooked previously because of the high percentage of good functional outcomes and low mortality rates in this group. The identification of surgical complications may encourage the search for solutions to improve surgical treatment of aneurysmal SAH.

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Josée Bérubé, Nancy Mclaughlin, Pierre Bourgouin, Gilles Beaudoin and Michel W. Bojanowski


Conventional imaging demonstrates intertwined fibers of the cerebral white matter as a homogeneous substrate. Recently, diffusion tensor imaging has allowed 3D reconstruction of these fiber bundles. The goal of this study was to analyze the modifications of the association fibers induced by an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) in the parietotemporooccipital (PTO) associative area and their clinical significance.


The authors analyzed the long association fibers in seven patients harboring an AVM in or near the PTO region in relation with the fibers' clinical manifestation. The fibers include the arcuate fasciculus (AF), the occipitofrontal fasciculus (OFF), and the inferior longitudinal fasciculus (ILF). These structures were compared with the contra-lateral bundles.


The modification of the tracts could establish a pattern signature depending on the specific location of the vascular malformation. There was a positive correlation between the degree of modifications of OFF and ILF fiber tracts and visual deficits. Alteration of the AF correlated with a speech disorder and the risk of postoperative deficits.


Diffusion tensor imaging enables in vivo dissection of fiber tracts coursing through the PTO area. Depending on the location of the AVMs, long association fibers are variously modified. These findings correlate with clinical manifestations and may predict outcome after surgery.