Anatomic Study of Posterior Communicating Artery in Computed Tomographic Image

Ye Cheng, Songbai Xu, Haiyang Xu, Hongquan Yu, Cong Hua, Shuanglin Deng, Zheng Jin, Guangtong Zhou, Zhiyun Yu, Yong Chen, Gang Zhao
Journal of Craniofacial Surgery 2015, 26 (8): 2421-4

PURPOSE: This study aims to provide an anatomic data of posterior communicating artery (PComA) and its anatomic relationship to the adjacent structures, so as to guide surgeons in the surgery of internal carotid artery-posterior communicating artery aneurysm clipping and sellar tumors resection without injuring the PComA.

METHODS: Computer topographic angiography images of 123 individuals were reviewed, and the measurements were done on coronal, sagittal, axial, and other user-defined planes after multiplanar reconstruction. Posterior communicating artery was classified in the reconstructed three-dimensional image, measured in proper planes, and located by the structures such as anterior clinoid process (ACP), posterior clinoid process (PCP), and sagittal midline.

RESULTS: Six types of PComA were identified in this study based on its existence and origin. The initial part of PComA can be located by ACP, PCP, and sagittal midline based on some particular angles and distances.

CONCLUSIONS: Posterior communicating artery varies in different individuals, and the radiologic study of it is an optimal way to analyze the variances. The anatomic relations between PComA and basic skull structures such as the ACP and PCP are especially important for neurosurgeons.

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