Decision-making and neurosurgeons' agreement in the management of aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage based on computed tomography angiography.

Maldaner, Nicolai; Burkhardt, Jan-Karl; Stienen, Martin Nikolaus; Goldberg, Johannes; Bervini, David; Bijlenga, Philippe; Croci, Davide; Zumofen, Daniel; D'Alonzo, Donato; Marbacher, Serge; Maduri, Rodolfo; Daniel, Roy Thomas; Serra, Carlo; Esposito, Giuseppe; Neidert, Marian C; Bozinov, Oliver; Regli, Luca (2018). Decision-making and neurosurgeons' agreement in the management of aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage based on computed tomography angiography. Acta neurochirurgica, 160(2), pp. 253-260. Springer 10.1007/s00701-017-3415-6

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To determine the neurosurgeon's agreement in aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage (aSAH) management with special emphasis on the rater's level of experience. A secondary aim was to analyse potential aneurysm variables associated with the therapeutic recommendation.


Basic clinical information and admission computed tomography angiography (CTA) images of 30 consecutive aSAH patients were provided. Twelve neurosurgeons independently evaluated aneurysm characteristics and gave recommendations regarding the emergency management and aneurysm occlusion therapy. Inter-rater variability and predictors of treatment recommendation were evaluated.


There was an overall moderate agreement in treatment decision [κ = 0.43; 95% confidence interval ((CI), 0.387-0.474] with moderate agreement for surgical (κ = 0.43; 95% CI, 0.386-0.479) and endovascular treatment recommendation (κ = 0.45; 95% CI, 0.398-0.49). Agreement on detailed treatment recommendations including clip, coil, bypass, stent, flow diverter and ventriculostomy was low to moderate. Inter-rater agreement did not significantly differ between residents and consultants. Middle cerebral artery (MCA) aneurysm location was a positive predictor of surgical treatment [odds ratio (OR), 49.57; 95% CI, 10.416-235.865; p < 0.001], while patients aged >65 years (OR, 0.12; 95% CI, 0.03-0.0434; p = 0.001), fusiform aneurysm type (OR, 0.18; 95% CI, 0.044-0.747; p = 0.018) and intracerebral haematoma (ICA) aneurysm location (OR, 0.24; 95% CI, 0.088-0.643; p = 0.005) were associated with a recommendation for endovascular treatment.


Agreement on aSAH management varies considerably across neurosurgeons, while therapeutic decision-making is challenging on an individual patient level. However, patients aged >65 years, fusiform aneurysm shape and ICA location were associated with endovascular treatment recommendation, while MCA aneurysm location remains a surgical domain in the opinion of neurosurgeons without formal endovascular training.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Neurosurgery

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Goldberg, Johannes and Bervini, David


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Nicole Söll

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30 Jan 2018 11:08

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04 Nov 2019 12:58

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Aneurysm morphology CT angiography Inter-rater agreement Inter-rater reliability Neurovascular imaging Subarachnoid haemorrhage




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