Cerebral venous infarction following thrombosis of the draining vein of a venous angioma (developmental abnormality)

Cerebrovasc Dis. May-Jun 2000;10(3):235-8. doi: 10.1159/000016062.


We report two cases of cerebral venous angioma presenting as venous infarction, one in the left parietal lobe, the other in the left frontal lobe. Cerebral imaging demonstrated thrombotic occlusion of the draining vein of the venous angioma associated in the latter case with thrombosis of the anterior part of the superior longitudinal sinus. Both patients were free of coagulopathy. They were treated with anticoagulant therapy. One completely recovered, while the other was left with slight residual disability. Thrombosis of the draining vein has been reported in only 6 previous cases, of whom only 2 received anticoagulant therapy. Discovery of a venous angioma in the diagnostic workup of a patient with recent neurological disorders should raise the question of a possible occlusion of the draining vein and lead to an appropriate therapy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Central Nervous System Venous Angioma / complications*
  • Central Nervous System Venous Angioma / diagnosis
  • Central Nervous System Venous Angioma / diagnostic imaging
  • Cerebral Angiography
  • Cerebral Infarction / diagnosis
  • Cerebral Infarction / diagnostic imaging
  • Cerebral Infarction / etiology*
  • Cerebral Veins* / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Thrombosis / complications*
  • Intracranial Thrombosis / diagnosis
  • Intracranial Thrombosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed