A dural arteriovenous fistula of the tentorium successfully treated by intravascular embolization

Surg Neurol. 1999 Sep;52(3):294-8. doi: 10.1016/s0090-3019(99)00076-2.


Background: Dural arteriovenous fistulas of the tentorium are rare lesions that often present with intracranial hemorrhage. Definitive treatment is therefore necessary, but transarterial embolization has rarely been curative.

Case description: A 59-year-old man presenting with sudden onset of severe headache had subarachnoid hemorrhage demonstrated by computed tomography. Left carotid angiography showed a tentorial dural arteriovenous fistula fed by a tentorial branch from the internal carotid artery and by a middle meningeal artery; the fistula drained to the marginal sinus via a dilated varicosity. Transarterial embolization successfully obliterated the fistula, and the patient was discharged with no neurologic deficit.

Conclusion: This tentorial fistula, that showed extremely rare angiographic features, particularly venous drainage, was embolized successfully. The literature concerning tentorial dural arteriovenous fistulas is discussed in terms of effective therapeutic choice.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Arteriovenous Fistula / diagnostic imaging
  • Arteriovenous Fistula / therapy*
  • Cerebral Angiography
  • Cerebrovascular Circulation*
  • Dura Mater / blood supply*
  • Embolization, Therapeutic* / methods
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged