Management of incidentally discovered intracranial vascular abnormalities.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

With the widespread use of brain imaging studies, neurosurgeons have seen a marked increase in the number of incidental intracranial lesions, including vascular abnormalities. Specifically, the detection of incidentally discovered aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, cavernous angiomas, developmental venous anomalies, and capillary telangiectasias has increased. The best management strategy for most of these lesions is controversial. Treatment options include observation, open surgery, endovascular procedures, and radiosurgery. Multiple factors should be taken into account when discussing treatment indications, including the natural history of the disease and the risk of the treatment. In this article, the authors focus on the natural history of these lesions and the risk of the treatment, and they give recommendations regarding the most appropriate management strategy based on the current evidence in the literature and their experience with intracranial vascular abnormalities.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chalouhi, N; Dumont, AS; Randazzo, C; Tjoumakaris, S; Gonzalez, LF; Rosenwasser, R; Jabbour, P

Published Date

  • December 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 31 / 6

Start / End Page

  • E1 -

PubMed ID

  • 22133178

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1092-0684

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3171/2011.9.FOCUS11200


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States