Ruptured cerebral aneurysm associated with a persistent primitive trigeminal artery variant
Takahiro Yamamoto, Yu Hasegawa, Yuki Ohmori, Takayuki Kawano, Yutaka Kai, Motohiro Morioka, Jun-ichi Kuratsu
Surgical Neurology International 2011 2(1):126-126
Background : Primitive trigeminal artery variants (PTAVs) are one of the rare persistent fetal anastomoses between the carotid and vertebrobasilar circulations. They originate from the internal carotid artery and join one of the cerebellar arteries instead of the basilar artery. Case Description : We present an 82-year-old woman with subarachnoid hemorrhage due to a ruptured aneurysm originating at a PTAV. Three-dimensional computed tomography angiogram and cerebral angiography revealed bilateral PTAV and two aneurysms originating at the left PTAV. The proximal and distal aneurysms were saccular and fusiform, respectively. She underwent surgical treatment and her postoperative course was uneventful. Conclusion : Our case demonstrates that extremely rare cerebral aneurysms associated with PTAV can be addressed successfully by surgical intervention.
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