The application of preoperative computed tomography angiogram for hemispherectomy

  • Jiqing Qiu Department of Neurosurgery, The First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, China.
  • Yu Cui Department of Otolaryngology, The First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, China.
  • Bin Qi Department of Neurosurgery, The First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, China.
  • Lichao Sun Department of Emergency, The First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, China.
  • Zhanpeng Zhu | 282324491@qq.com Department of Neurosurgery, The First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, China.

Abstract

Hemispherectomy is an established neurosurgical procedure for unilateral refractory epilepsy . Even though the surgical approach has evolved greatly, prevention of catastrophic intraoperative bleeding is a challenge. It is important that surgeons know the abnormal blood vessel before surgery. Herein, we report our experience with two patients in whom computed tomographic angiography (CTA) was used in the preoperative evaluation for hemispherectomy. CTA allowed for precise anatomical delineation of the hemispheric vascular abnormalities. Preoperative CTA showed that the specific cerebral arteries and their branches ipsilateral to the lesion were slender. Elaborate preoperative planning for the surgical approach helped prevent catastrophic intraoperative bleeding. Favorable outcomes were achieved in both children. CTA appears to confer a considerable advantage in the preoperative vascular and anatomical delineation in patients scheduled for hemispherectomy. To our knowledge, this is the first report about the application of CTA for hemispherectomy preoperative planning.

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Published
2017-10-26
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Keywords:
Epilepsy, hemispherectomy, computed tomographic angiography, abnormal blood vessel, preoperative evaluation.
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Qiu, J., Cui, Y., Qi, B., Sun, L., & Zhu, Z. (2017). The application of preoperative computed tomography angiogram for hemispherectomy. Clinics and Practice, 7(4). https://doi.org/10.4081/cp.2017.992