Orthogonal interlocking tandem clipping technique for the reconstruction of complex middle cerebral artery aneurysms

Richard E. Clatterbuck, Robert M. Galler, Rafael J. Tamargo, David J. Chalif

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OBJECTIVE: Complex aneurysms arising at the middle cerebral artery (MCA) bifurcation frequently present a microsurgical challenge to effectively obliterate while maintaining patency of the distal MCA branches. These aneurysms are often multilobed, with their long axis aligned with the long axis of the M1 trunk, placing the dome of the aneurysm in the surgeons' line of sight, preventing an unobstructed view of the entire bifurcation and proximal M1 segment. MCA aneurysms often have a broad neck, splaying the bifurcation. An orthogonal interlocking tandem clipping technique, maximizing the use of fenestrated aneurysm clips, is presented as a means to completely obliterate the aneurysm and simultaneously "reconstruct" the MCA bifurcation. CLINICAL PRESENTATIONS AND INTERVENTION: Fifteen complex MCA aneurysms were treated using an interlocking tandem clipping technique. In its simplest application, the blades of the initial aneurysm clip are incorporated into the fenestration of the second clip. Obliteration of the residual aneurysm is achieved with the blades of the second, fenestrated clip. RESULTS: Satisfactory aneurysm obliteration and reconstruction of the MCA bifurcation was achieved in all cases using this technique, with excellent neurological outcomes. CONCLUSION: Morphologically complex multilobed MCA aneurysms can be effectively clipped with "reconstruction" of the normal vascular anatomy using a tandem interlocking clipping technique. A fenestrated clip is used to incorporate the blades of the initial clip, while obliterating the remainder of the aneurysm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)ONS-347-ONS-351
Issue number4 SUPPL. 2
StatePublished - Oct 1 2006


  • Fenestrated clip
  • Middle cerebral artery aneurysm
  • Multilobed aneurysm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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