Cerebral venous angioma of the pons complicated by nonhemorrhagic infarction. Case report

J Neurosurg. 2004 Oct;101(4):690-3. doi: 10.3171/jns.2004.101.4.0690.


The authors emphasize an unusual complication of venous angiomas in the brain: venous infarction. The patient in this case is a 32-year-old man who presented with a clinical history of headache followed by a worsening of his neurological status. Neuroimaging studies demonstrated a brain infarct in the posterior fossa, which was related to thrombosis of the draining vein of a cerebral venous angioma. A conservative treatment approach without anticoagulation therapy was followed and the patient completely recovered. Nonhemorragic venous infarction caused by thrombosis of a venous angioma is exceptional and only nine previous cases have been reported in the literature.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anticoagulants / therapeutic use
  • Brain Stem Neoplasms / complications*
  • Central Nervous System Venous Angioma / complications*
  • Cerebral Infarction / etiology*
  • Headache / etiology
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Thrombosis / complications
  • Intracranial Thrombosis / etiology
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Pons / pathology*


  • Anticoagulants