The putative role of the venous system in the genesis of vascular malformations

Mariam S. Aboian, David J. Daniels, Stylianos K. Rammos, Eugenio Pozzati, Giuseppe Lanzino

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Recent clinical and experimental evidence has challenged the traditional concept of the venous system as a "passive" element in the genesis and evolution of intracranial vascular malformations. The authors review the clinical and experimental evidence linking the venous system and its anomalies to the genesis of various intracranial vascular malformations, including dural arteriovenous fistulas, cavernous malformations, parenchymal arteriovenous malformations, and capillary telangiectasia. They also describe the potential significance of different associations of these vascular anomalies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E9.1-E9.7
JournalNeurosurgical focus
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2009


  • Arteriovenous malformation
  • Cavernous malformation
  • Dural arteriovenous fistula
  • Telangiectasia
  • Vascular malformation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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