Concomitant pulmonary and cerebral arteriovenous fistulae

Chest. 1985 Nov;88(5):782-4. doi: 10.1378/chest.88.5.782.


The previously unreported occurrence of concomitant pulmonary and cerebral arteriovenous fistulae was found in an individual with severe neurologic complications. Both polycythemia and paradoxical embolization were implicated in the genesis of the cerebral symptoms while the cerebral fistulae were asymptomatic. An improved method of therapeutic embolization was used to treat the pulmonary lesions, avoiding surgical resection.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Angiography
  • Arteriovenous Fistula / complications*
  • Arteriovenous Fistula / diagnostic imaging
  • Arteriovenous Fistula / therapy
  • Cerebral Angiography
  • Embolization, Therapeutic
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations / complications*
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations / diagnostic imaging
  • Male
  • Pulmonary Artery*
  • Pulmonary Veins*