Pyogenic parenchymatous and nidus infection after embolization of an arteriovenous malformation. An unusual complication. Case report

Acta Neurochir (Wien). 1993;122(1-2):130-3. doi: 10.1007/BF01447000.


Infectious complications of cerebral angiography and of therapeutic angiographic procedures are very seldom reported. The case of an infected embolized arteriovenous malformation (AVM) by staphylococcus aureus is reported. Abscess formation became manifest seven months after the endovascular procedures. Antibiotherapy was initially started after puncturing the abscess, but finally the cure of the lesion could only be obtained by radical excision of the infected and embolized AVM, as if the persisting embolization material was promoting the infection. The modalities of infection after cerebral endovascular procedures are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / administration & dosage
  • Brain Abscess / diagnostic imaging
  • Brain Abscess / therapy*
  • Cerebral Angiography
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Craniotomy
  • Drainage
  • Embolization, Therapeutic*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations / diagnostic imaging
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations / therapy*
  • Staphylococcal Infections / diagnostic imaging
  • Staphylococcal Infections / therapy*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents