Microsurgical clipping of large paraclinoid aneurysms is challenging because of the complex anatomy of the dural rings, lack of easy proximal control, and wide aneurysm necks. Proximal retrograde suction decompression, or the Dallas technique, can reduce aneurysm turgor and, with aspiration of the trapped cervical and supraclinoid internal carotid arteries (ICAs), can collapse the aneurysm to aid microsurgical clipping.1-5
A woman in her late 30s presented with decreased right-eye visual acuity. Informed written consent was obtained for microsurgical management and publication. Upon cervical exposure of the carotid bifurcation, we performed a standard pterional craniotomy, trans-sylvian exposure, and intradural anterior clinoidectomy. After burst suppression and cross-clamping of the carotid, we inserted an angiocatheter at the common carotid artery (CCA). Distal temporary clips were placed on the posterior communicating artery and C7 ICA. With the cervical ICA unclamped, retrograde suction was continuously applied to deflate the aneurysm. We applied 2 pairs of fenestrated-booster clips to the aneurysm dome and a fifth clip to the aneurysm neck. After restoration of flow, indocyanine green angiography and Doppler assessments were performed. The proximal clip was converted into a curved clip to optimize ICA flow.
Postoperative angiography confirmed complete occlusion of the aneurysm. The patient was discharged on postoperative day 3, with stable visual acuity.6 This video demonstrates that retrograde suction decompression via the cervical CCA can be safely performed to facilitate clipping of complex paraclinoid ICA aneurysms. Comprehensive planning of temporary aneurysm trapping for suction decompression and permanent clip construct for aneurysm occlusion are needed for effective aneurysm repair.