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François Proust, Bertrand Debono, Didier Hannequin, Emmanuel Gerardin, Erick Clavier, Olivier Langlois and Pierre Fréger

Object. Endovascular and surgical treatment must be clearly defined in the management of anterior communicating artery (ACoA) aneurysms. In this study the authors report their recent experience in using a combined surgical and endovascular team approach for ACoA aneurysms, and compare these results with those obtained during an earlier period in which surgical treatment was used alone. Morbidity and mortality rates, causes of unfavorable outcomes, and morphological results were also assessed.

Methods. The prospective study included 223 patients who were divided into three groups: Group A (83 microsurgically treated patients, 1990–1995); Group B (103 microsurgically treated patients, 1996–2000); and Group C (37 patients treated with Guglielmi Detachable Coil [GDC] embolization, 1996–2000). Depending on the direction in which the aneurysm fundus projected, the authors attempted to apply microsurgical treatment to Type 1 aneurysms (located in front of the axis formed by the pericallosal arteries). They proposed the most adapted procedure for Type 2 aneurysms (located behind the axis of the pericallosal arteries) after discussion with the neurovascular team, depending on the physiological status of the patient, the treatment risk, and the size of the aneurysm neck. In accordance with the classification of Hunt and Hess, the authors designated those patients with unruptured aneurysms (Grade 0) and some patients with ruptured aneurysms (Grades I–III) as having good preoperative grades. Patients with Grade IV or V hemorrhages were designated as having poor preoperative grades. By performing routine angiography and computerized tomography scanning, the causes of unfavorable outcome (Glasgow Outcome Scale [GOS] score < 5) and the morphological results (complete or incomplete occlusion) were analyzed.

Overall, the clinical outcome was excellent (GOS Score 5) in 65% of patients, good (GOS Score 4) in 9.4%, fair (GOS Score 3) in 11.6%, poor (GOS Score 2) in 3.6%, and fatal in 10.3% (GOS Score 1). Among 166 patients in good preoperative grades, an excellent outcome was observed in 134 patients (80.7%). The combined permanent morbidity and mortality rate accounted for up to 19.3% of patients. The rates of permanent morbidity and death that were related to the initial subarachnoid hemorrhage were 6.2 and 1.5% for Group A, 6.6 and 1.3% for Group B, and 4 and 4% for Group C, respectively. The rates of permanent morbidity and death that were related to the procedure were 15.4 and 1.5% for Group A, 3.9 and 0% for Group B, and 8 and 8% for Group C, respectively. When microsurgical periods were compared, the rate of permanent morbidity or death related to microsurgical complications decreased significantly (Group A, 11 patients [16.9%] and Group B, three patients [3.9%]); Fisher exact test, p = 0.011) from the period of 1990 to 1995 to the period of 1996 to 2000. The combined rate of morbidity and mortality that was related to the endovascular procedure (16%) explained the nonsignificance of the different rates of procedural complications for the two periods, despite the significant decrease in the number of microsurgical complications. Among 57 patients in poor preoperative grade, an excellent outcome was observed in 11 patients (19.3%); however, permanent morbidity (GOS Scores 2–4) or death (GOS Score 1) occurred in 46 patients (80.7%). With regard to the correlation between vessel occlusion (the primary microsurgical complication) and the morphological characteristics of aneurysms, only the direction in which the fundus projected appeared significant as a risk factor for the microsurgically treated groups (Fisher exact test: Group A, p = 0.03; Group B, p = 0.002). The difference between endovascular and microsurgical procedures in the achievement of complete occlusion was considered significant (χ2 = 6.13, p = 0.01).

Conclusions. The direction in which the fundus projects was chosen as the morphological criterion between endovascular and surgical methods. The authors propose that microsurgical clip application should be the preferred option in the treatment of ACoA aneurysms with anteriorly directed fundi and that endovascular packing be selected for those lesions with posteriorly directed fundi, depending on morphological criteria.

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François Proust, Emmanuel Gérardin, Stéphane Derrey, Sophie Lesvèque, Sylvio Ramos, Olivier Langlois, Eléonore Tollard, Jacques Bénichou, Philippe Chassagne, Erick Clavier and Pierre Fréger


The aim of the study was to assess postprocedural neurological deterioration and outcome in patients older than 70 years of age in whom treatment was managed in an interdisciplinary context.


This prospective longitudinal study included all patients 70 years of age or older treated for ruptured cerebral aneurysm over 10 years (June 1997–June 2007). The population was composed of 64 patients. The neurovascular interdisciplinary team jointly discussed the early obliteration procedure for each aneurysm. Neurological deterioration during the postprocedural 2 months and outcome at 6 months were assessed during consultation according to the modified Rankin Scale (mRS) as follows: favorable (mRS score ≤ 2) and unfavorable (mRS score > 2).


Aneurysm sac obliteration was performed by microvascular clipping in 34 patients (53.1%) and by endovascular coiling in 30 (46.9%). Postprocedural neurological deterioration occurred in 30 patients (46.9%), related to ischemia in 19 (29.7%), rebleeding in 1 (1.6%), and hydrocephalus in 10 (15.6%). At 6 months, the outcome was favorable in 39 patients (60.9%). By multivariate regression logistic analysis, the independent factors associated with unfavorable outcome were age exceeding 75 years (p = 0.005), poor initial grade (p < 0.0001), and the occurrence of ischemia (p < 0.0001).


The baseline characteristics of SAH in the elderly were only slightly different from those in younger patients. In the elderly, the interdisciplinary approach may be considered useful to decrease the ischemic consequences.

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François Proust, Olivier Martinaud, Emmanuel Gérardin, Stéphane Derrey, Sophie Levèque, Sandrine Bioux, Eléonore Tollard, Erick Clavier, Olivier Langlois, Olivier Godefroy, Didier Hannequin and Pierre Fréger


For anterior communicating artery (ACoA) aneurysms, endovascular coil embolization constitutes a safe alternative therapeutic procedure to microsurgical clip occlusion. The authors' aim in this study was to evaluate the quality of life (QOL), cognitive function, and brain structure damage after the treatment of ruptured ACoA aneurysms in a group of patients who underwent microsurgical clipping (36 patients) compared with a reference group who underwent endovascular coiling (14 patients).


At 14 months posttreatment all patients underwent evaluations by independent observers. These observers evaluated global efficacy, executive functions using a frontal assessment battery of tests (Trail making test, Stroop tasks, dual task of Baddeley, verbal fluency, and Wisconsin Card Sorting test), behavior dysexecutive syndrome (the Inventaire du Syndrome Dysexécutif Comportemental questionnaire [ISDC]), and QOL by using the Reintegration To Normal Living Index. Brain damage was analyzed using MR imaging.


In the microsurgical clipping and endovascular coiling groups, the distribution on the modified Rankin Scale (p = 0.19) and mean QOL score (85.4 vs 83.4, respectively) were similar. Moreover, the proportion of executive dysfunctions (19.4 vs 28.6%, respectively) and the mean score on the ISDC questionnaire (8.9 vs 8.5, respectively) were not significant, but verbal memory was more altered in the microsurgical clipping group (p = 0.055). Magnetic resonance imaging revealed that the incidence of local encephalomalacia and the median number of lesions per patient increased significantly in the microsurgical clipping group (p = 0.003).


In the 2 groups, no significant difference was observed regarding QOL, executive functions, and behavior. Despite the significant decrease in verbal memory after microsurgical clipping, the interdisciplinary approach remains a safe and useful strategy.

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Thomas Clavier, Alexandre Mutel, Laurence Desrues, Antoine Lefevre-Scelles, Gioia Gastaldi, Mohamad El Amki, Martine Dubois, Anthony Melot, Véronique Wurtz, Sophie Curey, Emmanuel Gérardin, François Proust, Vincent Compère and Hélène Castel


Cerebral vasospasm (VS) is a severe complication of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Urotensin II (UII) is a potent vasoactive peptide activating the urotensin (UT) receptor, potentially involved in brain vascular pathologies. The authors hypothesized that UII/UT system antagonism with the UT receptor antagonist/biased ligand urantide may be associated with post-SAH VS. The objectives of this study were 2-fold: 1) to leverage an experimental mouse model of SAH with VS in order to study the effect of urotensinergic system antagonism on neurological outcome, and 2) to investigate the association between plasma UII level and symptomatic VS after SAH in human patients.


A mouse model of SAH was used to study the impacts of UII and the UT receptor antagonist/biased ligand urantide on VS and neurological outcome. Then a clinical study was conducted in the setting of a neurosurgical intensive care unit. Plasma UII levels were measured in SAH patients daily for 9 days, starting on the 1st day of hospitalization, and were compared with plasma UII levels in healthy volunteers.


In the mouse model, urantide prevented VS as well as SAH-related fine motor coordination impairment. Seventeen patients with SAH and external ventricular drainage were included in the clinical study. The median plasma UII level was 43 pg/ml (IQR 14–80 pg/ml). There was no significant variation in the daily median plasma UII level (median value for the 17 patients) from day 0 to day 8. The median level of plasma UII during the 9 first days post-SAH was higher in patients with symptomatic VS than in patients without VS (77 pg/ml [IQR 33.5–111.5 pg/ml] vs 37 pg/ml [IQR 21–46 pg/ml], p < 0.05). Concerning daily measures of plasma UII levels in VS, non-VS patients, and healthy volunteers, we found a significant difference between SAH patients with VS (median 66 pg/ml [IQR 30–110 pg/ml]) and SAH patients without VS (27 pg/ml [IQR 15–46 pg/ml], p < 0.001) but no significant difference between VS patients and healthy volunteers (44 pg/ml [IQR 27–51 pg/ml]) or between non-VS patients and healthy volunteers.


The results of this study suggest that UT receptor antagonism with urantide prevents VS and improves neurological outcome after SAH in mice and that an increase in plasma UII is associated with cerebral VS subsequent to SAH in humans. The causality link between circulating UII and VS after SAH remains to be established, but according to our data the UT receptor is a potential therapeutic target in SAH.