Giant basilar artery aneurysm presenting as a third ventricular tumor.
ABSTRACT Giant aneurysm of the basilar artery presenting as a 3rd ventricular tumor is an unusual phenomenon. We are reporting a case in which a patient with a giant aneurysm of the basilar artery presented with symptoms of headaches and gait disturbance secondary to obstructive hydrocephalus. Although giant aneurysms presenting as mass lesions have been reported, the computed axial tomographic findings in our case were unique. Giant aneurysms of the basilar artery may be considered in the differential diagnosis of 3rd ventricular tumors.
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ABSTRACT: Endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) is an effective treatment of obstructive hydrocephalus (OH). However, the presence of a large or giant basilar aneurysm is generally considered a contra-indication to ETV for treating hydrocephalus. We report the feasibility and efficacy of ETV for the treatment of hydrocephalus in the presence of such aneurysms. We performed a retrospective chart analysis of patients that underwent ETV for large or giant basilar aneurysm-associated hydrocephalus between January 2003 and January 2011. During this period, 78 patients were treated by ETV. Of these, three patients presented with symptomatic hydrocephalus associated with a large giant basilar aneurysm (n = 3). Two of those patients had a history of previous subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) with intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) 11 years and 13 years before ETV. Both aneurysms were embolized preoperatively. The third patient presented with OH due to an unruptured basilar artery aneurysm. There was no operative complication and symptoms resolution was observed in all patients at last follow-up. ETV is a safe and effective alternative to ventriculo-peritoneal shunting in patients with hydrocephalus caused by large or giant basilar artery aneurysms. In addition, a history of SAH/IVH should not be considered a contra-indication to ETV.Acta Neurochirurgica 08/2012; 154(10):1845-50. DOI:10.1007/s00701-012-1461-7 · 1.79 Impact Factor
Neurologia medico-chirurgica 01/2008; 48(10):451-454. DOI:10.2176/nmc.48.451 · 0.65 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: OBSTRUCTIVE: hydrocephalus due to giant basilar artery (BA) aneurysm is a rare finding, and endoscopic treatment has not been reported. Here the authors present their experience with endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) in obstructive hydrocephalus due to giant BA aneurysm. Between December 2000 and March 2007, 3 patients (2 men and 1 woman; age range 32-80 years) underwent an ETV for the treatment of obstructive hydrocephalus caused by a giant BA aneurysm. All 3 patients presented with cephalgia, nausea, vomiting, and a variable decrease in consciousness. An obstructive hydrocephalus caused by a giant BA aneurysm was found in each case as the underlying pathological entity. Intraoperatively, a narrowing of the third ventricle by upward displacement of the tegmentum was found in all 3 patients. A standard ETV was performed and included an inspection of the prepontine cisterns. The endoscopic treatment was successful in all patients with respect to clinical signs and radiological ventricular enlargement. No complications were observed. In all, the endoscopic ventriculostomy was proven to be a successful treatment option in obstructive hydrocephalus even if it is caused by untreated giant BA aneurysm.Journal of Neurosurgery 12/2008; 110(1):14-8. DOI:10.3171/2008.7.JNS0887 · 3.23 Impact Factor