Thrombosis of a drainage vein in developmental venous anomaly (DVA) leading venous infarction: a case report and review of the literature

J Neuroimaging. 2011 Apr;21(2):197-201. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6569.2009.00399.x.


Developmental venous anomalies (DVAs) are common congenital venous drainage anomalies. Although they typically have a benign clinical course and a low symptomatic rate, thrombosis of a drainage vein may occur, leading to potentially debilitating complications. We report imaging findings of posterior fossa DVA with a thrombosed drainage vein in a patient with nonhemorrhagic cerebellar infarct. We also review the relevant literature on the subject.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anticoagulants / therapeutic use
  • Cerebral Veins / abnormalities*
  • Contrast Media
  • Female
  • Gadolinium DTPA
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations / complications*
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations / diagnosis*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Venous Thrombosis / diagnosis*
  • Venous Thrombosis / drug therapy
  • Venous Thrombosis / etiology*


  • Anticoagulants
  • Contrast Media
  • Gadolinium DTPA