The hemodynamic study for growth factor evaluation of rupture cerebral aneurysm followed up for five years


Computer-based simulations are essential for clarifying the hemodynamics of brain aneurysms. Since cerebrovascular disease is often fatal, it is strongly desirable to predict its progression. While previous studies have clarified the initiation mechanism of aneurysms, their growth mechanism remains unclear. Consequently, it is difficult to develop a diagnostic system for predicting aneurysm rupture. This study seeks to clarify the mechanism of aneurysm growth by identifying significant hydrodynamic factors. We focus on a single ruptured aneurysm that was followed up for five years. Computer simulations and fluid dynamic experiments with silicone vessel models were performed. To confirm the reliability of data in the computer simulations, we conducted particle image velocimetry measurements in steady flow. We then performed computer simulations for pulsatile conditions to determine an effective index for aneurysm growth. We obtained good agreement between the trends in the obtained computer simulation and experimental data. Numerical simulations for pulsatile flow in three models revealed that aneurysms grew in regions having a low wall shear stress, a low aneurysm formation indicator, and a high oscillatory shear index.

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Kojima, M. , Irie, K. , Ikeda, S. , Fukuda, T. , Arai, F. , Hirose, Y. and Negoro, M. (2012) The hemodynamic study for growth factor evaluation of rupture cerebral aneurysm followed up for five years. Journal of Biomedical Science and Engineering, 5, 884-891. doi: 10.4236/jbise.2012.512A112.

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