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This study investigated the efficacy of multiple intraoperative monitoring techniques including indocyanine green angiography (ICGA), somatosensory evoked potential (SSEP) and motor evoked potential (MEP) in the clinical outcome of microneurosurgical treatment for anterior circulation cerebral aneurysm. Fifty-two anterior circulation cerebral aneurysms (Hunt and Hess [H&H] grades 0, 1 or 2) from 45 Chinese in-patients were completely clipped. In one patient, ICGA directed neurosurgeons to readjust aneurysmal clips in order to eliminate a residual aneurysm and restore patency of a branching artery. SSEP/MEP directed neurosurgeons to implement intervention measures in 12 patients for recovery of SSEP/MEP changes, and SSEP/MEP changes partially/totally recovered in 11 of these 12 patients (91.6%). Postoperative motor deficits were observed in three patients, two of which were Glasgow Outcome Scale level 3 (4.4%). In conclusion, for patients with anterior circulation cerebral aneurysm (H&H grade < 3), multiple intraoperative monitoring was beneficial for finding residual aneurysms, detecting ischaemic events in the perforating arteries and reducing severe postoperative motor deficiency.


J Lin, J Zhao, Y Zhao, D Zhang, R Wang, H Qiao, S Wang. Multiple intraoperative monitoring-assisted microneurosurgical treatment for anterior circulation cerebral aneurysm. The Journal of international medical research. 2011;39(3):891-903

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PMID: 21819722

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