SPR Unknown # 38 -- FINAL

Jim Gehl MD

Northwestern University

Jessica Stern, MD



ICA aneurysm tuberous sclerosis 1630

Publication Date: 2010-06-13


Rhabdomyoma noted on prenatal ultrasound; macrocephaly


There is a fusiform aneurysm of the cavernous and supraclinoid segments of the left internal carotid artery.

Numerous subependymal nodules.


ICA aneurysm; tuberous sclerosis


Tuberous sclerosis is an autosomal dominant disorder with variable expressivity characterized by multi-organ system hamartomatous involvement. Up to 50% of cases are believed sporadic.

The classical triad of mental deficiency, epilepsy and facial angiofibromas is present in less than 50% of pateients. Epilepsy, with or without mental retardation, is the most common clinical presentation.

Intracranial abnormalities include subependymal hamartomas in 95% of patients with tuberous sclerosis, cortical tubers, subependymal giant cell astrocytomas, retinal phakomas, and heterotopias.

Aneurysms have been reported, but predominantly in the thoracic and abdominal aorta. A majority of reported cases involving the intracranial circulation involve the intracranial internal carotid artery. These aneurysms occur at a greater frequency than in the general population.


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