Treatment Strategy of a Patient With a Brain Arteriovenous Malformation and Cranial Dural Fistula: 2-Dimensional Operative Video

Mithun G. Sattur, Karl R. Abi-Aad, Fucheng Tian, Matthew E. Welz, Barrett Anderies, Bernard R. Bendok

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We present the case of a 56-yr-old right-handed male, after informed consent was obtained, who presented with acute confusion and agitation, on the background of a remote history of an uncomplicated resection of a left parietal grade 2 glioma. Imaging revealed a large, acute right temporal intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). Standard vascular workup for the cause of the ICH included catheter angiography. No direct cause of the hemorrhage was revealed; however, a high grade parasagittal dural arteriovenous fistula (DAVF) with cortical venous reflux was noted close to the prior craniotomy site. The venous reflux was towards the left hemisphere, but it was hypothesized that similar reflux on the right side may have been present and was not presently evident due to thrombosis. The DAVF was embolized by endovascular means, followed by evacuation of the hematoma. Follow-up angiogram 7 mo later revealed a high-flow, right superior temporal cortical arteriovenous malformation (AVM). The DAVF unfortunately had also progressed. Endovascular occlusion of both lesions was attempted but was not successful. Subsequently, microsurgical resection for both the vascular malformations was performed with careful pre- and intraoperative planning to obtain a successful clinical and angiographic result. In this video, we summarize diagnostic and therapeutic nuances that have broad implications for the workup of ICH and the strategic management of a unique scenario involving a brain AVM and high-grade cranial dural fistula in the same patient. Prior to each procedure, informed consent was obtained from the patient, which includes consent for publication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalOperative neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2019


  • Angiogram
  • Arteriovenous malformation
  • AVM
  • AVM surgery
  • DAVF
  • DAVF surgery
  • Dural arteriovenous fistula
  • Endovascular embolization
  • ICH
  • Intracerebral hemorrhage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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