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Santiago Gomez-Paz, Kimberly P. Kicielinski, Ajith Thomas and Christopher S. Ogilvy

The decision to resect a cavernous malformation of the brainstem is based on patient- and lesion-specific factors. The patient’s age, comorbidities, neurologic condition, and number and severity of symptomatic hemorrhages are crucial to consider.1,3,5 The proximity to the brainstem surface, amount of hematoma, and true lesion size help dictate the surgical corridor.2,4 We present a patient with a medullary cavernous malformation who had three hemorrhages and neurologic worsening. The surgical approach was based on detailed preoperative imaging. We performed a far lateral posterior fossa exposure to resect the lesion. The details of surgical planning and the microsurgery are presented.

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Georgios A. Maragkos, Luis C. Ascanio, Mohamed M. Salem, Sricharan Gopakumar, Santiago Gomez-Paz, Alejandro Enriquez-Marulanda, Abhi Jain, Clemens M. Schirmer, Paul M. Foreman, Christoph J. Griessenauer, Peter Kan, Christopher S. Ogilvy and Ajith J. Thomas

OBJECTIVE

The Pipeline embolization device (PED) is a routine choice for the endovascular treatment of select intracranial aneurysms. Its success is based on the high rates of aneurysm occlusion, followed by near-zero recanalization probability once occlusion has occurred. Therefore, identification of patient factors predictive of incomplete occlusion on the last angiographic follow-up is critical to its success.

METHODS

A multicenter retrospective cohort analysis was conducted on consecutive patients treated with a PED for unruptured aneurysms in 3 academic institutions in the US. Patients with angiographic follow-up were selected to identify the factors associated with incomplete occlusion.

RESULTS

Among all 3 participating institutions a total of 523 PED placement procedures were identified. There were 284 procedures for 316 aneurysms, which had radiographic follow-up and were included in this analysis (median age 58 years; female-to-male ratio 4.2:1). Complete occlusion (100% occlusion) was noted in 76.6% of aneurysms, whereas incomplete occlusion (≤ 99% occlusion) at last follow-up was identified in 23.4%. After accounting for factor collinearity and confounding, multivariable analysis identified older age (> 70 years; OR 4.46, 95% CI 2.30–8.65, p < 0.001); higher maximal diameter (≥ 15 mm; OR 3.29, 95% CI 1.43–7.55, p = 0.005); and fusiform morphology (OR 2.89, 95% CI 1.06–7.85, p = 0.038) to be independently associated with higher rates of incomplete occlusion at last follow-up. Thromboembolic complications were noted in 1.4% and hemorrhagic complications were found in 0.7% of procedures.

CONCLUSIONS

Incomplete aneurysm occlusion following placement of a PED was independently associated with age > 70 years, aneurysm diameter ≥ 15 mm, and fusiform morphology. Such predictive factors can be used to guide individualized treatment selection and counseling in patients undergoing cerebrovascular neurosurgery.