Vol. 4, Issue 5 (2018)
Morphological assessment of the basilar artery in human cadavers from West Bengal population
Author(s): Dr. Vishwajeet Kumar
Abstract: The anatomical variations of the basilar artery (BA) can cause loss of memory and depression besides causing transient ischemic attacks, atherosclerosis and cerebral infarction based on its area of blood supply. Hence the present study was planned for morphological assessment of basilar artery in human cadavers from north Indian populations. The study was conducted on the 20 brain specimens from adult human cadavers were obtained in Department of Anatomy in ICARE Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, West Bengal. The area of the circle of Willis was cleaned after dissection by carefully removing the overlying meninges without damaging any of the vessels, thus exposing the BA. The arteries and their branches were painted red and allowed to dry for a period of time. The approval of the Institutional Committee was taken prior the conduct of the study. The morphological aspects of the BA in the local population were highlighted in this cadaveric study. Detailed knowledge of the course of the BA would help neurosurgeons safely diagnose, as well as plan and execute vascular bypass and shunting procedures for the treatment of stenosis, aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations in the posterior cranial fossa.
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