Spontaneous thrombosis of an arteriovenous malformation

Neurosurgery. Nov-Dec 1977;1(3):287-90. doi: 10.1227/00006123-197711000-00013.


Extensive thrombosis of a cerebral arteriovenous malformation, not associated with clinically recognizable hemorrhage, appears to be exceedingly rare. Angiographic and operative verification of such an occurrence is described in a 4-year-old child. Computed axial tomographic and ultrasonographic findings are discussed. It is proposed that thrombosis of the anomaly occurred as a result of intravascular turbulence, promoted by progressive elongation and increasing tortuosity of the lesion.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations / complications*
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations / diagnosis
  • Intracranial Embolism and Thrombosis / diagnosis
  • Intracranial Embolism and Thrombosis / etiology*