Paediatric dissecting posterior cerebral aneurysms: report of two cases and review of the literature

Vilela, Pedro; Goulão, Augusto
August 2006
Neuroradiology;Aug2006, Vol. 48 Issue 8, p541
Academic Journal
Introduction: Intracranial aneurysms in the paediatric population are uncommon, accounting for 2% to 6% of all aneurysms, and spontaneous arterial dissection is rarely reported as the cause of aneurysms in children, especially in the posterior cerebral artery. Methods: Two cases of paediatric spontaneous posterior cerebral artery dissecting aneurysms are reported, one in a 33-month-old male child presenting with aneurysmal rupture and subarachnoid haemorrhage and the other in a 9-year-old boy with an unruptured aneurysm. Results: The first child was successfully treated by endovascular parent vessel occlusion without neurological deficit and in the second a spontaneous thrombosis of the aneurysm and its parent artery occurred associated with hydrocephalus and a favourable outcome. Conclusion: Dissecting aneurysms are dynamic lesions with variable and unpredictable evolution and close follow-up and/or early treatment is warranted. Spontaneous arterial dissection is a rare, probably still under-recognized, cause of intracranial aneurysms that may be responsible for a significant number of aneurysms and spontaneous aneurysmal thromboses in children.


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