What are basilar artery aneurysms?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: David S Liebeskind, MD, FAAN, FAHA, FANA; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Basilar artery: Basilar tip aneurysms, shown in the image and the video below, are the most common in the posterior circulation, accounting for 5% of all aneurysms. Clinical findings usually are those associated with SAH, although bitemporal hemianopsia or an oculomotor palsy may occur. Dolichoectatic aneurysms may cause bulbar dysfunction, respiratory difficulties, or neurogenic pulmonary edema.

Cerebral aneurysms. Basilar tip aneurysm illustrat Cerebral aneurysms. Basilar tip aneurysm illustrated on CT scan (left) and T2-weighted MRI (right).
Cerebral aneurysms. Volume-rendered CT angiography of a basilar tip aneurysm.

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