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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