Targeted Radiation Therapy Can Treat Myxomatous Cerebral Aneurysms

Kasra Khatibi, Lucido Luciano Ponce Mejia, Naoki Kaneko, Yinn Ooi, Tania Kaprealian, Nestor R. Gonzalez, Nader Pouratian, Viktor Szeder

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Background: Neoplastic cerebral aneurysms are rare presentations of cardiac myxomas. The natural history of such aneurysms is not well understood, and the optimal treatment strategy remains unclear. Clipping and coiling are effective, although can carry significant morbidity. Chemotherapy and radiation can theoretically be effective, although their clinical efficacy remains to be proven. Case Description: Here we describe a patient with cardiac myxoma presenting with multiple progressively fusiform aneurysms. These aneurysms were noted to be growing during conservative monitoring given the eloquent location. Subsequently, the patient underwent multiple sessions of targeted radiation therapy, which lead to obliteration, shrinkage, or halting in growth of these aneurysms. Conclusions: Low-dose targeted radiation therapy can be safe and effective in treatment of neoplastic myxomatous aneurysms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)332-335
Number of pages4
JournalWorld neurosurgery
StatePublished - Nov 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Myxoma
  • Myxomatous aneurysms
  • Neoplastic aneurysms
  • Radiation therapy
  • Radiosurgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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