J Neurosurg Case Lessons. 2022 Jul 25;4(4):CASE22180. doi: 10.3171/CASE22180. eCollection 2022 Jul 25.
BACKGROUND: An aneurysm arising in an upper basilar artery (BA) fenestration is extremely rare. The authors reported a case involving successful endovascular treatment of an aneurysm arising from the minor limb of an upper BA fenestration.
OBSERVATIONS: A 65-year-old woman presented with an incidentally detected upper BA aneurysm arising from the minor limb of an upper BA fenestration. The irregularly shaped aneurysm was 6.0 × 2.7 mm in diameter, and the minor limb had several perforators. The aneurysm was nearly completely occluded with a catheter-assisted technique. The authors preserved both limbs of the BA fenestration. The postoperative course was uneventful, and the patient had an excellent clinical course with no neurological deficits or aneurysmal recanalization.
LESSONS: The case is the first report of an unruptured aneurysm arising at the minor limb of an upper BA fenestration. In this case, the authors preserved the minor limb with endovascular treatment. The authors believe catheter-assisted coil embolization to be a feasible endovascular technique in such cases.