Intracranial dural arteriovenous fistula (DAVF) presenting progressive dementia and parkinsonism

J Neurol Sci. 1999 May 1;165(1):43-7. doi: 10.1016/s0022-510x(99)00075-1.


We studied three patients with dural arteriovenous fistula (DAVF). Major symptoms were progressive dementia and parkinsonism, both of which progressed in step-wise fashion. Two of the three patients showed diffuse cerebral white matter lesions on brain CT and MRI. Progressive dementia and parkinsonism in our patients could be caused by diffuse cerebral parenchymal disturbance: impaired cerebral circulation due to severe venous hypertension. DAVF is important for the differential diagnosis in patients with progressive dementia and parkinsonism.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Arteriovenous Fistula / diagnostic imaging
  • Arteriovenous Fistula / physiopathology*
  • Arteriovenous Fistula / psychology*
  • Brain / diagnostic imaging
  • Cerebrovascular Circulation / physiology*
  • Dementia / diagnostic imaging
  • Dementia / etiology
  • Dementia / psychology*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Disease Progression
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations / physiopathology*
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations / psychology*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Parkinson Disease, Secondary / diagnostic imaging
  • Parkinson Disease, Secondary / etiology
  • Parkinson Disease, Secondary / physiopathology*
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed, Single-Photon
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed