Sutureless repair of major intracranial vessels with the Sundt clip-graft: Technical note

G. Lanzino, C. G. DiPierro, E. R. Laws

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Major intracranial vessels can be damaged during tumor resection. With the availability of refined microvascular techniques, direct repair or by-pass of the damaged segment is possible. These methods, however, often require temporary occlusion of the offending vessel, can result in a less than optimal angiographic result, and are difficult to perform in a deep field. Additionally, in some patients direct repair or by-pass is not feasible because of the friability of the vessel or as a result of the large size of the tear. In these cases the Sundt clip-graft represents a valid adjunct to the armamentarium of the surgeon. Over the years, it has been used by the senior author in five patients where vascular injury occurred during the removal of brain tumors (3 meningiomas, one pituitary adenoma, and one low-grade glioma). In this report we illustrate our most recent experience with this ingenious tool. A 22-year-old man underwent resection of a recurrent left temporal lobe low-grade glioma. During resection of the tumor, a tear occurred in a branch of the middle cerebral artery. The tear was repaired using a Sundt clip-graft. A post-operative angiogram, performed five days later, showed patency of the vessel with no evidence of wall irregularities. Described 30 years ago to be used primarily in aneurysm surgery, the Sundt clip-graft provides an excellent, too often forgotten, sutureless method of repairing intracranial vessels damaged during tumor removal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)491-493
Number of pages3
JournalActa Neurochirurgica
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1998


  • Intraoperative complications
  • Middle cerebral artery
  • Sundt clip-graft

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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