A case of intraosseous dural arteriovenous fistulas involving diploic vein treated with transarterial onyx embolization

J Korean Neurosurg Soc. 2011 Sep;50(3):260-3. doi: 10.3340/jkns.2011.50.3.260. Epub 2011 Sep 30.


Intracranial dural arteriovenous fistulas (DAVFs) are abnormal arteriovenous connections that lie within the dura. Intraosseous DAVFs involving diploic venous system are extremely rare. A 46-year-old woman presented with headache and right pulsatile tinnitus for three weeks. The tinnitus started after yelling. Digital subtraction angiography revealed DAVF within the basal portion of right parietal bone along the middle meningeal artery (MMA) groove. The fistula was fed by frontal branch of right MMA and drained into right transverse sigmoid sinus junction through dilated middle meningeal vein. The intraosseous DAVF involving diploic vein was successfully obliterated with Onyx embolization via transarterial route.

Keywords: Diploic vein; Dural arteriovenous fistulas; Onyx; Tinnitus; Transarterial embolization.

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