A rare case of spontaneous thrombosis in saccular cerebral aneurysm in a patient with subarachnoid hemorrhage

Ineke Rosalia Mahreni, Achmad Firdaus Sani, Dedy Kurniawan

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Cerebral aneurysm is a known cause of spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Furthermore, this condition is often asymptomatic, but the occurrence of a rupture can lead to fatal complications. The incidence of spontaneous thrombosis in saccular aneurysm is rare, with an incidence rate of 1%-2%. The most common sites include the middle cerebral artery (MCA) (41%), posterior communicating artery (PCOMM) (15%), and posterior inferior cerebellar artery (PICA) (11%). A head computed tomography angiography (CTA) with contrast is a common diagnostic tool for detecting SAH in the temporoparietal area, hippocampal gyrus, and right fissure of Sylvie. In some cases, saccular aneurysm can be found in the segment bifurcation of the right middle cerebral artery. A cerebral angiography was carried out, specifically digital subtraction angiography, which revealed the presence of visible blister remnants of aneurysm in the form of spontaneous thrombosis. After 1 year, another angiography evaluation was performed to assess the condition of the patient. Furthermore, the results showed no evidence of recanalization and there were no new neurologic deficits. Although spontaneous thrombosis led to the healing of aneurysm in some cases, secondary recanalization remained a possibility. Therefore, it was essential to monitor any incidence of this complication. Precise knowledge of the mechanism of spontaneous thrombosis could lead to the development of new therapeutic approaches. Spontaneous thrombosis in cases of saccular aneurysm is a rare occurrence, which can provide temporary or permanent benefits to the patient. Therefore, periodic evaluation is required to assess the condition of the patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2470-2473
Number of pages4
JournalRadiology Case Reports
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2023


  • SAH
  • Saccular Aneurysm
  • Spontaneous thrombosis


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