A1-segment aneurysms: Management protocol based on a new classification
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AbstractBackground: Aneurysms of proximal (A1)-segment of anterior cerebral artery (ACA) constitute <1% of all intracranial aneurysms. Aim: Management dilemmas of A1-segment aneurysms were studied utilizing a new classification based upon their location on the longitudinal and circumferential axis of A1-segment. Setting and Design: Tertiary care referral center. Materials and Methods: This is a retrospective analysis of 14 patients (0.98%; mean age: 38.02 ± 15.74 years) with A1-segment aneurysms. The data collected included clinical features, computed tomography (CT) scan and CT-angiography (CTA)/digital subtraction angiography (DSA) findings, modified Hunt and Hess (H and H) grade, surgical steps and difficulties encountered. Results: The modified Hunt and Hess (H and H) grades in the 14 patients were: grade I in two, grade II in two, grade III in four, grade IV in five and grade V in 1. The mean ictus-admission duration was 5.07 ± 2.30 days (range: 1-10 days). Multiple aneurysms were two. Thirteen patients underwent clipping and one, wrapping. Bilateral lateral ventricle hemorrhage occurred in 8 (66%) patients and frontal intracerebral hematoma in 2 (16.66%) patients. In one patient, the aneurysm could only be detected following the third angiogram. A1-aneurysms were classified as proximal (n = 6), distal (n = 7), and mid-segment (n = 1); and, anterior (n = 2), posterior-inferior (n = 7) and posterior-superior (n = 5). Follow-up (range: 6 months-10 years, mean: 2.9 years) recovery (assessed using Modified Rankin's score or mRS) correlated with preoperative status. The preoperative H and H grade and follow-up mRS status were as follows: H and H I (n = 2): mRS 0 (asymptomatic, n = 2); H and H II (n = 2): mRS 1 (minor symptoms without disability, n = 2); H and H III (n = 4):mRS 1 (n = 2) and mRS 2 (slight disability but performing unassisted activities of daily living, n = 1); H and H IV (n = 5): mRS 3 (moderate disability, requiring help for daily living but unassisted walking, n = 2) and mRS 4 (moderately severe disability, requiring help for daily living and walking, n = 2). One patient each from H and H grade III, IV and V died (mRS 6) during treatment due to severe vasospasm, pneumonitis and septicemia. Conclusions: A1-segment aneurysms have unique properties: rupturing of small-sized aneurysms; multiplicity; undetectable on initial imaging; frontal lobar/intraventricular bleeding; origin from main trunk and not bifurcating points; neck obscuration by A1-trunk; close proximity to perforators; and, associated A1-segment and ACA anomalies. A new classification identifies surgical difficulties inherent in different sites of origin of A1-aneurysms.