What are treatment guidelines for unruptured intracranial aneurysms?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: David S Liebeskind, MD, FAAN, FAHA, FANA; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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The management of unruptured intracranial aneurysms is highly controversial. The International Study of Unruptured Intracranial Aneurysms (ISUIA) indicated a relatively low risk of rupture in small aneurysms without history of SAH. Aneurysms less than 10 mm in size had an annual rupture rate of approximately 0.05%. For posterior communicating, vertebrobasilar/posterior cerebral, or basilar tip aneurysms less than 10 mm, the risk of rupture over 7.5 years approximated 2%, with all other locations harboring a risk of almost 0%. Recent guidelines and an evidence-based systematic review of the literature have formulated recommendations for the care of patients with unruptured intracranial aneurysms, principally based on age, history, and aneurysm size.


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