Venous congestive myelopathy in spinal dural arteriovenous fistula mimicking neoplasia

Neurol Sci. 2007 Aug;28(4):212-5. doi: 10.1007/s10072-007-0824-y. Epub 2007 Aug 10.


Spinal dural arteriovenous fistulas (SDAVF) are the most common acquired arteriovenous shunts that occur in adults. By increasing venous pressure in the spinal venous system they are a cause of venous congestive myelopathy. We report the case of a patient with a SDAVF mimicking, on magnetic resonance imaging, the presence of a spinal cord tumour due to an unusual pattern of enhancement after gadolinium administration.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Angiography / methods
  • Arteriovenous Fistula / complications
  • Arteriovenous Fistula / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
  • Male
  • Spinal Cord Diseases / complications
  • Spinal Cord Diseases / pathology*
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Veins / abnormalities*