Atypical MR imaging perfusion in developmental venous anomalies

AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2004 Oct;25(9):1549-52.


Developmental venous anomalies (DVAs) are common variants of cerebral venous drainage that are typically incidental findings on contrast-enhanced MR imaging studies. We present four cases of asymptomatic DVAs that demonstrate increased cerebral blood flow, cerebral blood volume, mean transit time, and time to peak on perfusion MR images. Our study indicates that alterations in perfusion MR imaging parameters can be seen with uncomplicated DVAs and do not necessarily imply a more ominous underlying etiologic factor, such as hypervascular tumor or stroke.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Blood Flow Velocity / physiology
  • Blood Volume / physiology
  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Caudate Nucleus / blood supply
  • Caudate Nucleus / pathology
  • Central Nervous System Venous Angioma / diagnosis*
  • Cerebral Cortex / blood supply
  • Cerebral Cortex / pathology
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid / physiology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Dominance, Cerebral
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Image Enhancement*
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted*
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiography*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged