Vascular Malformations of the Brain and Its Coverings

J Neuroendovasc Ther. 2020;14(8):285-294. doi: 10.5797/jnet.ra.2020-0020. Epub 2020 May 28.


Vascular malformations of the brain and its coverings encompass several different vascular pathologies of the brain and its coverings, which substantially differ in morphology, clinical presentation, and prognosis, reaching from incidental, asymptomatic vascular abnormalities to life-threatening diseases with high risks of morbidity, most frequently caused by intracranial hemorrhage. In this article, the most common vascular malformations of the brain with and without arteriovenous shunting of blood (e.g., arteriovenous malformations [AVMs], dural arteriovenous fistulas [DAVFs], and cavernous malformations) are explained with a focus on definition, diagnosis, classification, and management.

Keywords: arteriovenous malformation; dural arteriovenous fistula; hemorrhagic stroke; intracranial hemorrhage; vascular malformations.

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