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Robert B. Kim, Riann Robbins, Michael D. Rollins and Douglas L. Brockmeyer

Currarino syndrome is an autosomal dominant condition with variable expressivity and penetrance that is associated with several classic features: sacral dysgenesis, presacral mass, and/or anorectal anomalies. The authors present a unique case in which the patient’s initial presentation was a CSF leak from a sinus tract. The sinus tract was identified and disconnected from the thecal sac, obliterating the anterior sacral meningocele. This case represents a unique scenario in which Currarino syndrome manifested as a CSF leak from a dermal sinus tract.

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William E. Thorell, Michael M. Chow, Richard A. Prayson, Mark A. Shure, Sung W. Jeon, David Huang, Emil Zeynalov, Henry H. Woo, Peter A. Rasmussen, Andrew M. Rollins and Thomas J. Masaryk

Object. Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage affects approximately 10/100,000 people per year. Endovascular coil embolization is used increasingly to treat cerebral aneurysms and its safety and durability is rapidly developing. The long-term durability of coil embolization of cerebral aneurysms remains in question; patients treated using this modality require multiple follow-up angiography studies and occasional repeated treatments.

Methods. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an emerging imaging modality that uses backscattered light to produce high-resolution tomography of optically accessible biological tissues such as the eye, luminal surface of blood vessels, and gastrointestinal tract. Vascular OCT probes in the form of imaging microwires are presently available—although not Food and Drug Administration—approved—and may be adapted for use in the cerebral circulation. In this study the authors describe the initial use of OCT to make visible the neck of aneurysms created in a canine model and treated with coil embolization. Optical coherence tomography images demonstrate changes that correlate with the histological findings of healing at the aneurysm neck and thus may be capable of demonstrating human cerebral aneurysm healing.

Conclusions. Optical coherence tomography may obviate the need for subsequent follow-up angiography studies as well as aid in the understanding of endovascular tissue healing. Data in this study demonstrate that further investigation of in vivo imaging with such probes is warranted.