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Cerebral aneurysms - an audit

D.J. Louw, C. de Vries, G. Joubert
South African Journal of Radiology | Vol 8, No 2 | a130 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajr.v8i2.130 | © 2004 D.J. Louw, C. de Vries, G. Joubert | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 February 2004 | Published: 09 June 2004

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D.J. Louw, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
C. de Vries, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
G. Joubert, Department of Biostatistics, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

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Abstract

We performed an audit to determine the profile of cerebral aneurysms at the Universitas Hospital Bloemfontein, the only government hospital with a vascular suite in the Free State and Northern Cape area. Two hundred and twenty-three government patients, diagnosed with cerebral aneurysms during the period 1 January 2000 to 31 December 2003, were included in the study. Of the 223 patients, 37.2% were male and 62.8% female. The patients’ average age was 45.5 years (range 11 - 78 years).Most patients (61.4%) were older than 40 years. The average age for males and females was 41.4 and 46.3 years, respectively, with the females being significantly older (95% CI: 1.7 - 8.2). Most patients had single aneurysms (65.5%). More females (42.9%) had multiple aneurysms compared with the males (20.5%) (95% CI females - males: 9.9 - 33.7%). Of the patients 40 years and younger, 22.1% had multiple aneurysms compared with 42.3% of the patients older than 40 years (95% CI: 7.8 - 31.7%). In our audit the females (when compared with the males) had a clear preponderance for cerebral aneurysms, were significantly older, and had a significant increase in multiplicity with an increase in age.

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