Vertebral arterio-venous fistula presenting with intracranial hemorrhage

C. Righi, F. Tartara, F. Prada, C. Mandelli, P. Versari, G. Andrioli

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Vertebral arteriovenous fistulas are rare lesions consisting of an abnormal shunt between the extracranial vertebral artery and the neighboring veins. The authors present a case of post-surgical high-flow left vertebral arteriovenous fistula presenting with intracranial hemorrhage. The patient underwent endovascular balloon occlusion of the fistula: after endovascular treatment a reduction of the flow was evident but the patient presented neurological deterioration related the occurrence of intraventricular-subarachnoid hemorrhage. Intracranial hemorrhage is a potential manifestation of high-flow vertebral AVF and a possible complication of endovascular fistula balloon occlusion. Direct endovascular occlusion of the vertebral artery may be primarily considered in selected cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-76
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Neurosurgical Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2002


  • Arteriovenous fistula
  • Intracranial hemorrhage
  • Vertebral artery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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