Fatal rupture of a thrombosed giant basilar artery aneurysm

Brooke Swearingen, Roberto C. Heros

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The case of a patient who died from rupture of an aneurysm that had previously been demonstrated to be essentially completely thrombosed is presented. The patient initially presented with sudden clinical deterioration as a result of brainstem compression. A computed tomographic scan showed a giant basilar aneurysm with recent thrombus filling the lumen. Angiography showed only a small irregularity at the top of the basilar artery which may have represented a tiny remnant of the aneurysmal neck. The patient was treated conservatively, and over the next few weeks he improved clinically. Four months later the aneurysm ruptured fatally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-302
Number of pages4
JournalSurgical neurology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1985
Externally publishedYes


  • Aneurysmal thrombosis
  • Basilar aneurysm
  • Giant aneurysm
  • Intracranial hemorrhage
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery


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