Total recanalization of a spontaneously thrombosed arteriovenous malformation. Case report

J Neurosurg. 1995 Mar;82(3):506-8. doi: 10.3171/jns.1995.82.3.0506.


The authors describe what they believe to be the first case of an asymptomatic, totally recanalized arteriovenous malformation (AVM) demonstrated by angiography 31 months after complete spontaneous thrombosis. The AVM, which initially became symptomatic with bleeding, had a 2-cm diameter nidus that was located within the inferior aspect of the left frontal lobe and was fed by branches from the left anterior cerebral and anterior ethmoid arteries. A single draining vessel flowed from the nidus into the anterior superior sagittal sinus. The AVM was surgically extirpated after recanalization. The authors stress the necessity for follow-up care for angiographically "cured" AVMs.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cerebral Angiography
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations / diagnostic imaging*
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations / pathology
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations / surgery
  • Intracranial Embolism and Thrombosis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Intracranial Embolism and Thrombosis / pathology
  • Intracranial Embolism and Thrombosis / surgery
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Vascular Patency