Ischemic complication of a cerebral developmental venous anomaly: case report and review of the literature

J Comput Assist Tomogr. Jul-Aug 2002;26(4):633-6. doi: 10.1097/00004728-200207000-00028.


We report a case of a nonhemorrhagic infarct associated with a thrombosed developmental venous anomaly (DVA), with secondary gliosis and Wallerian degeneration. The initial MRI scan showed an acute ischemic infarct in the region of the DVA, seen as a region of restricted diffusion on diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), with later development of encephalomalacia and Wallerian degeneration on follow-up MRI. No blood products were seen. We believe that thrombosis of the collector vein of a DVA with associated infarction is a rare but possible complication that should be considered within the proper clinical setting and can be easily and confidently diagnosed by means of DWI.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain Ischemia / diagnosis*
  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Cerebral Veins / abnormalities
  • Cerebral Veins / pathology
  • Diffusion
  • Female
  • Frontal Lobe / blood supply
  • Frontal Lobe / pathology
  • Gliosis / diagnosis
  • Hemangioma / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Image Enhancement*
  • Intracranial Embolism / diagnosis*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Parietal Lobe / blood supply
  • Parietal Lobe / pathology