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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 434--436

Surgical management of a pial arteriovenous fistula with giant varix in an infant


1 Department of Neurosurgery, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University, Kochi - 682 026, Kerala, India
2 Department of Neurosurgery, Lisie Hospital, Kochi - 682 018, Kerala, India

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M Unnikrishnan
Department of Neurosurgery, Lisie Hospital, Kochi - 682 018, Kerala
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DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.28124

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A seven-month-old infant presented with a generalized seizure. The radiological evaluation revealed a large arteriovenous fistula in the left sylvian region. The fistula connected the left middle cerebral artery and the vein of Trolard. A giant varix was present at the venous end. The child underwent craniotomy, complete disconnection of the fistula and excision of the varix. Except for recurrent seizures, which were eventually controlled on anticonvulsants, the child's neurological development has been good on long-term follow-up of three years. Pial arteriovenous fistulae are rare intracranial vascular malformations. Though significant operative risks exist, they can be successfully managed surgically with good long-term prognosis.






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