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Location of intracranial aneurysms is the main factor associated with rupture in the ICAN population
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    Large data, but what is the implication comparing the aneurysm discovered by bleeding and those by other reasons?
    • Toshikazu Kimura, Neurosurgeon Department of Neurosurgery, Japanese Red Cross Medical Center

    Dear editor,
    We read with great interest the article by Rousseau et al. “Location of intracranial aneurysms is the main factor associated with rupture in the ICAN population.”1
    They compared ruptured intracranial aneurysms (RIAs) with unruptured cerebral aneurysms (UCAs) in the ICAN registry, and analyzed factors that were considered associated with subarachnoid hemorrhage in previous literature. As a result, they found the location of the aneurysm showed the largest hazard ratio as much as 6.05 and showed their result with beautiful info-graphic.
    We should be careful that their result is derived from comparisons between the aneurysms, which caused subarachnoid hemorrhage and UCAs that was found without bleeding. Hence, the meaning is different from that of ISUIA2, UCAS Japan3, and other studies, which investigated the risk of bleeding from the known UCAs. As noted in the discussion of the headache, which prefers UCAs to RIAs, the factors examined may be seeing factors, which lead to brain examination without causing subarachnoid hemorrhage in France.
    As in the title, they focused on the location of the aneurysm, and found ACA and posterior circulation aneurysms have high odds ratio of 4.99 and 6.05 respectively comparing with ICA aneurysms. As in ISUIA study, they included internal carotid- posterior communicating artery (IC-Pcom) aneurysms in the posterior circulation aneurysms, and “ICA” includes other aneurysms occurring on the ICA. However...

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