Transcatheter embolization of hepatic arteriovenous fistula in Osler-Weber-Rendu disease--a case report

Angiology. 1987 Jun;38(6):484-8. doi: 10.1177/000331978703800610.


Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (Osler-Weber-Rendu disease) is associated with arteriovenous fistulas throughout the body that can cause hemodynamic abnormalities. Owing to their size and extent, surgical repair is often not feasible. A patient referred for presumed valvular heart disease is described. On the basis of oximetry data at cardiac catheterization, a large intrahepatic arteriovenous fistula was discovered by aortography. This finding and a history of recurrent epistaxis were consistent with Osler-Weber-Rendu disease. Owing to the size of the fistula, embolization of the right hepatic artery with Gianturco coils was chosen as treatment, with resultant symptomatic improvement and decreased arteriovenous shunting.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Arteriovenous Fistula / complications*
  • Arteriovenous Fistula / therapy
  • Embolization, Therapeutic* / methods
  • Female
  • Hepatic Artery*
  • Hepatic Veins*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Telangiectasia, Hereditary Hemorrhagic / complications*