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2022 Dec




Vestibular Schwannoma Leading to Contacting Aneurysm Rupture: An Unusual Presentation.


Marques R, Nogueira J, Cambango M, Coimbra F, Saraiva J, Duarte N, Carneiro Â, Afonso Filipe M
Cureus. 2022 Dec; 14(12):e32716.
PMID: 36686143.


Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is a rare manifestation of brain tumors, being even rarer in vestibular schwannomas. We report the second case of a posterior circulation aneurysm close to the tumor capsule, responsible for SAH as an initial manifestation of a vestibular schwannoma. A 67-year-old female was admitted to the Emergency Department with sudden onset of nausea and headache. A diagnosis of a SAH and a tumor of the right cerebellopontine angle was made. An angiography showed an aneurysm in the dependency of the right anterior inferior cerebellar artery (AICA), juxtaposed to the tumor capsule. The patient underwent surgery, the tumor was removed, and the aneurysm was treated. This case highlights that SAH in patients with vestibular schwannoma may originate from a contact aneurysm. Although exceedingly rare, surgeons should consider this scenario in vestibular schwannoma presenting with SAH, and angiography is important for its diagnosis.