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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 149-153

Familial intracranial aneurysms in Saudi Arabia: What do we need to do?

1 Department of Neurosurgery, King Fahd University Hospital, University of Dammam, Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia; Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Canada
2 Department of Neurosurgery, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Surgery, Taibah University, Al-Madina Al-Monawrrah, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Hosam Al-Jehani
Department of Neurosurgery, King Fahd Hospital of the University, P.O. Box 40121, Al-Khobar 31952, Saudi Arabia

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DOI: 10.4103/1658-631X.188252

PMID: 30787721

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Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is a devastating event with significant morbidity and mortality. The incidence of SAH might be influenced by environmental factors but genetic predisposition is evolving as an important effector in the risk of development of intracranial aneurysms and rupture of aneurysms. This requires strategies for effective screening of family members at risk of developing such a phenotype, in order to deliver preventive treatment to these target lesions. We discuss the potential for implementing these strategies in the Saudi Arabian health system and the future implications on our care for such a vulnerable group of subjects.

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