Anaesthetic management of cerebral artery aneurysms at Tygerberg Hospital, 1980-1982

Erasmus, F. R. ; Du Toit, H. J. ; Rose-Innes, A. P. (1984-05)

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Forty-seven patients were operated on for intracranial artery aneurysms at Tygerberg Hospital, Parowvallei, CP, between January 1980 and December 1982. Problems related to anaesthesia which are peculiar to this condition and the solution thereof are outlined. The importance of meticulous anaesthetic management in the successful recovery of these patients, the majority of whom are young and in the productive phase of their lives, is stressed. A plea is made for increased awareness, early diagnosis and surgical intervention to decrease the high mortality rate associated with this lethal condition.

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