[Transarterial embolisation of intracranial dural arteriovenous malformations with ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer (Onyx18)]

J Neuroradiol. 2006 Apr;33(2):105-14. doi: 10.1016/s0150-9861(06)77239-x.
[Article in French]


Objective: To report our recent experience in transarterial embolisation of dural arteriovenous malformations (DAVM) using a new liquid embolic agent, Onyx18.

Patients and methods: 6 patients were enrolled in this series. Clinical presentation was separated into 2 groups: aggressive (n=2), non aggressive (n=4). The DAVM was located at the superior sagittal sinus (n=1), at the transverse sinus (n=2), at the condylian canal (n=1), in the lesser sphenoid wing region (n=1), and in the tentorium region (n=1). The DAVM drained directly into a condylian or a cortical vein for three patients and into a venous sinus with cortical venous reflux for the three others. In this latter situation, the sinus was anatomically excluded from the normal brain venous drainage.

Results: A full brain angiogram including both internal carotid arteries, both external carotid arteries and ipsilateral vertebral artery, was performed before and after each treatment. The feeder chosen after a selective catheterisation for Onyx18 injection was always meningeal. Each treatment consisted of a single Onyx injection after one unique feeder catheterisation. Complete anatomical exclusion of the DAVM was achieved and demonstrated by the post treatment angiogram in all cases. There was no clinical complication after the treatment.

Conclusion: Onyx18 used is a safe treatment for DAVMs. When its injection is performed in optimal conditions, it fills the total DAVM and its drainage vein or sinus after a single arterial feeder catheterisation.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cerebral Angiography
  • Dimethyl Sulfoxide / therapeutic use*
  • Dura Mater
  • Embolization, Therapeutic / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations / diagnostic imaging
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations / therapy*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Polyvinyls / therapeutic use*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Onyx copolymer
  • Polyvinyls
  • Dimethyl Sulfoxide