Resolution of a recurrent/residual bacterial aneurysm during antibiotic therapy

Y. J. Meyer, H. H. Batjer, T. Eller, R. R. Smith

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Abstract

Management of patients harboring infectious intracranial aneurysms remains controversial because of the technical problems associated with the obliteration of these lesions as well as their frequent regression during antibiotic therapy. A case of a ruptured bacterial aneurysm of the distal middle cerebral artery in which a segment of the artery was found to be inflamed and necrotic is presented. The ruptured portion of the sac was clipped, leaving a small tag of aneurysmal tissue. Five days later, this tag was found to have expanded into a second aneurysm. This second lesion resolved with antibiotic therapy. Because of the responsiveness of infected cerebral arteries to the appropriate antibiotics, a less than radical surgical tactic may be a successful alternative to excision of the diseases arterial segment followed by distal revascularization in treating these lesions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-539
Number of pages3
JournalNeurosurgery
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990

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Keywords

  • Bacterial aneurysm
  • Mycotic aneurysm
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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