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Medical News & Perspectives
November 7, 2001

Hemicraniectomy Improves Outcomes for Patients With Ruptured Brain Aneurysms

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JAMA. 2001;286(17):2084. doi:10.1001/jama.286.17.2084-JMN1107-3-1

New Orleans—Removing a large portion of the skull—a technique sometimes used on stroke and trauma patients—can improve the outcomes of those with a ruptured subarachnoid aneurysm.

Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston said that six of eight patients who underwent hemicraniectomy for a hemorrhage from a burst aneurysm had good or excellent outcomes. Their findings were presented here at the Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons, held in October.

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