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      Importance of Hematoma Removal Ratio in Ruptured Middle Cerebral Artery Aneurysm Surgery with Intrasylvian Hematoma

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          Ruptured middle cerebral artery (MCA) aneurysm with intrasylvian hematoma usually accompanied by progressive cerebral swelling with poorer outcomes. The authors present characteristics and importance of intrasylvian hematoma removal in the aneurysm surgery.

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          From 2012 February to 2014 March, 24 aneurysm surgeries for ruptured MCA aneurysms with intrasylvian hematoma were performed in the authors' clinic. The patients were classified according to three groups. Group A included patients who underwent decompressive craniectomy within a few days after aneurysm surgery due to progressive cerebral swelling, group B included patients for whom decompression was not necessary, and group C included patients who showed severe cerebral swelling on admission and decompressive craniectomy and aneurysm surgery in one stage.


          The mean hematoma volume on admission was 28.56 mL, 24.96 mL, and 66.78 mL for groups A, B and C, respectively. Removal of a larger amount of hematoma was observed on postoperative computerized tomography scan in groups B and C (63.2% and 59.0%) compared with group A (33.4%). Although no statistical difference was found between group A and group B ( p = 0.115), it tends to show the lesser amount of hematoma removed, the more likely cerebral swelling will progress.


          The lesser amount of hematoma in ruptured MCA aneurysm with intrasylvian hematoma tends to show benign clinical course than larger amounts. But, even if the hematoma is not easily removed in the operation, we suggest the other procedures such as continuous external catheter drainage of hematoma to avoid unnecessary coagulation or brain retraction.

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                J Cerebrovasc Endovasc Neurosurg
                J Cerebrovasc Endovasc Neurosurg
                Journal of Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery
                Korean Society of Cerebrovascular Surgeons; Society of Korean Endovascular Neurosurgeons
                March 2017
                31 March 2017
                : 19
                : 1
                : 5-11
                Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine, Inha University, Incheon, Korea.
                Author notes
                Correspondence to Yu Shik Shim. Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine, Inha University, 27 Inhang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon 22332, Korea. Tel: 82-32-890-2370, Fax: 82-32-890-2370, nsshim60@
                © 2017 Journal of Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery

                This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

                Funded by: Inha University, CrossRef;
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                surgery, intrasylvian hematoma, aneurysm


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