Prenatal MR imaging detection of deep medullary vein involvement in fetal brain damage

AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2011 Sep;32(8):E146-9. doi: 10.3174/ajnr.A2249. Epub 2010 Oct 14.


Looking for anomalies distributed in DMV territory, we reviewed 78 fetal MR imaging examinations performed at our institution reporting unequivocal cerebral clastic lesions. We selected 3 cases, all of which had severe cardiocirculatory failure and parenchymal frontoparietal WM hemorrhagic lesions with characteristic fan-shaped distribution. Brain edema and other signs of venous hypertension were also evident. Our data suggest that in utero transient venous hypertension may be responsible for the onset of atypical frontal-located PVL.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Cerebral Veins / abnormalities*
  • Female
  • Fetal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Diagnosis*