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Diagnosing intracranial infectious aneurysms with a simple model
  1. Ziad A Hage,
  2. Andrew M Naidech,
  3. Bernard R Bendok
  1. Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  1. Dr Bernard R Bendok, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 676 N St Clair, Chicago, IL 60611, USA; bbendok{at}nmff.org

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In the retrospective study of Kannoth and colleagues1 in this issue of J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry (see page 943), a set of diagnostic criteria for intracranial infectious aneurysms (IAs) is suggested. The authors propose that infectious intracranial aneurysms would be predicted by the presence of a mandatory criterion and at least three supportive criteria from any of three domains with a sensitivity of 96% and specificity of 100%.

IAs are uncommon. They comprise 2–6% of all intracranial aneurysms.2 More than …

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