What is the optimal timing of surgery for cerebral aneurysms?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: David S Liebeskind, MD, FAAN, FAHA, FANA; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Optimal timing of aneurysm surgery depends on the clinical status of the patient and associated factors. Early surgery (ie, < 48-96 hours after SAH) is favored for candidates in good condition or those with unstable blood pressure, seizures, mass effect from thrombus, large amounts of blood, or evidence of aneurysm growth or rebleeding. Early surgery carries an increased operative morbidity, although the risks of vasospasm and rebleeding are reduced considerably.


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