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How to reduce the complication rate of multiple burr holes surgery in moyamoya angiopathy.

Acta Neurochirurgica 2023 December
PURPOSE: This study is aimed at analyzing clinical outcome, absence of stroke recurrence, revascularization, and complications and long-term follow-up in the surgical treatment of moyamoya angiopathy (MMA) using the multiple burr holes (MBH) technique with dura opening and arachnoid preservation as a single procedure. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first to describe an MBH technique with arachnoid preservation.

METHOD: We retrospectively reviewed all patients operated from June 2001 to March 2021, for a symptomatic and progressive MMA operated with opening of the dura but arachnoid preservation. Clinical examinations were obtained in all patients, and radiological monitoring was performed by cerebral 3D-magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) with perfusion or single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) with acetazolamide.

RESULTS: In total, 21 consecutive patients (6 children and 15 adults) were included with a mean age of 7.4 years in the pediatric group and 36.9 years in the adult group. Initial presentation was permanent ischemic stroke in 15 cases, transient ischemic attack (TIA) in 5 cases, and cerebral hemorrhage in one case. The MBH with dura opening and arachnoid preservation was performed bilaterally in 9 cases (43%) and unilaterally in 12 cases (57%). One patient died due to intraoperative bilateral ischemic stroke. Of the 20 other patients, 30% demonstrated clinical stability and 70% showed partial or complete recovery. Although one patient experienced a perioperative stroke, we did not observe any pseudomeningocele or postoperative ischemic stroke (IS) recurrence in all surviving cases during the average follow-up period of 55.5 months (range: 1-195). These outcomes emphasize the importance of preoperative monitoring to ensure the effectiveness and safety of the intervention. Postoperative angiography studies showed revascularization in 96.3% of treated hemispheres (100% in the adult group vs 80% in the pediatric group).

CONCLUSIONS: Our results on this small cohort suggest that the MBH technique with opening of the dura and arachnoids preservation can prevent recurrent strokes and reduce the risk of pseudomeningocele.

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