Symptomatic developmental venous anomalies

Lorenzo Rinaldo, Giuseppe Lanzino, Kelly D. Flemming, Timo Krings, Waleed Brinjikji

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Cerebral developmental venous anomalies (DVAs) are variations of venous vascular anatomy related to an underdevelopment of either the superficial or deep venous emissary system, resulting in a dilated transmedullary vein fed by multiple smaller venous radicles responsible for drainage of normal brain parenchyma. While typically benign and found incidentally on imaging studies, DVAs can rarely be symptomatic. The radiographic appearance of DVAs, as well as their symptomatic manifestations, is diverse. Herein, we will discuss the pathophysiology of symptomatic DVAs while providing illustrative case examples depicting each of their pathogenic mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1115-1125
Number of pages11
JournalActa Neurochirurgica
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2020


  • Developmental venous anomaly
  • Pathologic processes
  • Vascular malformation
  • Venous thromboembolism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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