Alteration in the venous drainage of a dural arteriovenous fistula following angioplasty AMERICAN JOURNAL OF NEURORADIOLOGY Gutierrez, A., Do, H. M., Marks, M. P. 2004; 25 (6): 1086-1088


The pattern of venous drainage from a dural arteriovenous fistula (DAVF) has been shown to affect the natural history of these lesions. Angioplasty and stent placement of the dural sinuses have been described to improve outflow in venous hypertensive states and may improve the venous drainage pattern from a DAVF. We report the case of a patient with a benign but stenosed type IIa transverse sinus DAVF who underwent angioplasty to improve venous outflow. This resulted in conversion of the DAVF to a more malignant type IIb drainage pattern with reflux into the cortical venous system.

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