Parkes Weber syndrome-Diagnostic and management paradigms: A systematic review

Phlebology. 2017 Jul;32(6):371-383. doi: 10.1177/0268355516664212. Epub 2016 Aug 9.


Objectives Parkes Weber syndrome is a congenital vascular malformation which consists of capillary malformation, venous malformation, lymphatic malformation, and arteriovenous malformation. Although Parkes Weber syndrome is a clinically distinctive entity with serious complications, it is still frequently misdiagnosed as Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome that consists of the triad capillary malformation, venous malformation, and lymphatic malformation. Methods We performed a systematic review investigating clinical, diagnostic, and treatment modalities of Parkes Weber syndrome (PubMed/MEDLINE, Embase, and Cochrane databases). Thirty-six publications (48 patients) fulfilled the eligibility criteria. Results The median age of patients was 23 years (IQR, 8-32), and 24 (50.0%) were males. Lower extremity was affected in 42 (87.5%) and upper extremity in 6 (12.5%) patients; 15 (31.3%) patients developed high-output heart failure; 12 (25.0%) patients had chronic venous ulcerations, whereas 4 (8.3%) manifested distal arterial ischemia. The spinal arteriovenous malformations were reported in six (12.5%) patients and coexistence of aneurysmatic disease in five (10.4%) patients. The most frequently utilized invasive treatments were embotherapy followed by amputation and surgical arteriovenous malformation resection, and occasionally stent-graft implantation. All modalities showed clinical improvement. However, long follow-up and outcome remained unclear. Conclusion A diagnosis of Parkes Weber syndrome should be made on the presence of capillary malformation, venous malformation, lymphatic malformation, and arteriovenous malformation (as main defect) in overgrowth extremity. Arteriovenous malformation presents the criterion for distinguishing Parkes Weber syndrome from Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome, which is substantial for treatment strategy. The primary management goal should be patient's quality of life improvement and complication reduction. Embolization alone/combined with surgical resection targeting occlusion or removal of arteriovenous malformation "nidus" reliably leads to clinical improvement.

Keywords: Klippel–Trenaunay syndrome; Parkes Weber syndrome; arteriovenous malformation; congenital vascular malformation.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Arteriovenous Malformations / diagnosis
  • Arteriovenous Malformations / therapy
  • Child
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome / diagnosis*
  • Lymphatic Abnormalities / diagnosis
  • Lymphatic Abnormalities / therapy
  • Male
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Cardiovascular
  • Quality of Life
  • Risk
  • Sturge-Weber Syndrome / diagnosis*
  • Sturge-Weber Syndrome / therapy*
  • Young Adult