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Hypoglossal canal dural arteriovenous fistula: incidence and the relationship between symptoms and drainage pattern

 Jong Won Choi  ;  Byung Moon Kim  ;  Dong Joon Kim  ;  Dong Ik Kim  ;  Sang Hyun Suh  ;  Na-Young Shin  ;  Jin Goo Lee 
 JOURNAL OF NEUROSURGERY, Vol.119(4) : 955-960, 2013 
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Adult ; Aged ; Central Nervous System Vascular Malformations/diagnostic imaging ; Central Nervous System Vascular Malformations/epidemiology* ; Central Nervous System Vascular Malformations/therapy ; Embolization, Therapeutic/methods* ; Female ; Humans ; Incidence ; Male ; Middle Aged ; Radiography ; Skull/diagnostic imaging ; Treatment Outcome
dural arteriovenous fistula ; hypoglossal canal ; vascular disorders ; endovascular treatment
OBJECT The purpose of this study was to evaluate the incidence, radiographic findings, relationship between presenting symptoms for treatment and drainage pattern, and treatment outcomes of hypoglossal canal dural arteriovenous fistula (HC-dAVF). METHODS During a 16-year period, 238 patients underwent endovascular treatment for cranial dAVF at a single center. The incidence, radiographic findings, relationship between presenting symptoms for treatment and drainage pattern, and treatment outcomes of HC-dAVF were retrospectively evaluated. RESULTS The incidence of HC-dAVF was 4.2% (n = 10). Initial symptoms were tinnitus with headache (n = 6), tinnitus only (n = 1), ocular symptoms (n = 1), otalgia (n = 1), and congestive myelopathy (n = 1). Presenting symptoms requiring treatment included ocular symptoms (n = 4), hypoglossal nerve palsy (n = 4), aggravation of myelopathy (n = 1), and aggravation of tinnitus with headache (n = 1). While the affected HC was widened in 4 of 10 patients, hypersignal intensity on source images was conspicuous in all 7 patients who underwent MR angiography (MRA). All ocular symptoms and congestive myelopathy were associated with predominant drainage to superior ophthalmic or perimedullary veins due to antegrade drainage restriction. All patients who underwent transvenous coil embolization (n = 8) or transarterial N-butyl cyanoacrylate (NBCA) embolization (n = 1) improved without recurrence. One patient who underwent transarterial particle embolization had a recurrence 12 months posttreatment and was retreated with transvenous embolization. CONCLUSIONS The incidence of HC-dAVF was 4.2% of all cranial dAVF patients who underwent endovascular treatment. Source images of MRA helped to accurately diagnose HC-dAVF. More aggressive symptoms may develop as a result of a change in the predominant drainage route due to the development of venous stenosis or obstruction over time. Transvenous coil embolization appears to be the first treatment of choice.
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Kim, Dong Ik(김동익)
Kim, Dong Joon(김동준) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7035-087X
Kim, Byung Moon(김병문) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8593-6841
Suh, Sang Hyun(서상현) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7098-4901
Shin, Na Young(신나영)
Lee, Jin Goo(이진구)
Choi, Jong Won(최종원)
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