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J Cerebrovasc Endovasc Neurosurg. 2013 Sep;15(3):260-266. English. Original Article.
Kim JS , Lee SI , Jeon KD , Choi BS .
Department of Neurosurgery, Haeundae Paik Hospital, Inje University Colleage of Medicine, Busan, Korea.

OBJECTIVE: The surgical clipping of paraclinoid segment internal carotid artery aneurysms is considered difficult because of the complex anatomical location and important neighboring structures. Our experiences of pterional craniotomy and extradural anterior clinoidectomy (EAC) to clip paraclinoid aneurysms are reported herein. METHODS: We present two patients with paraclinoid aneurysms who underwent surgical clipping using pterional craniotomy and EAC. The clinical results and operative techniques were reviewed from the patients' medical records. RESULTS: EAC improves the surgical field in the suprasellar and periclinoid regions. Clinically, a good outcome was obtained in both cases. No surgical complications directly resulting from the EAC were observed. CONCLUSION: Favorable surgical results can be obtained with pterional craniotomy and EAC for the clipping of paraclinoid aneurysms. EAC is advocated for the clipping of paraclinoid aneurysms.

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