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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 70  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 792-793

Extensive Fibromuscular Dysplasia in a Young Girl Treated with Bilateral STA-MCA Bypass

1 Department of Neurology, Aster Medcity, Kochi, Kerala, India
2 Department of Rheumatology, Aster Medcity, Kochi, Kerala, India
3 Department of 2Neurosurgery, Aster Medcity, Kochi, Kerala, India

Date of Submission05-Jan-2020
Date of Decision18-Aug-2020
Date of Acceptance19-Aug-2021
Date of Web Publication3-May-2022

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Boby Varkey Maramattom
Department of Neurology, Aster Medcity, Kochi, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.344601

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Maramattom BV, Thomas J, Panicker D, Gopalakrishnan C V. Extensive Fibromuscular Dysplasia in a Young Girl Treated with Bilateral STA-MCA Bypass. Neurol India 2022;70:792-3

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Maramattom BV, Thomas J, Panicker D, Gopalakrishnan C V. Extensive Fibromuscular Dysplasia in a Young Girl Treated with Bilateral STA-MCA Bypass. Neurol India [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Oct 2];70:792-3. Available from: https://www.neurologyindia.com/text.asp?2022/70/2/792/344601

Dear Editor,

A 14 year-old girl was diagnosed with Takayasu's arteritis [TA] after developing a mid-aortic syndrome [MAS]. Following endovascular stenting, she was started on Wysolone 40mg OD and Mycophenolate mofetil 500 mg BD. Ten days post-op, she developed a right hemiplegia with global aphasia.

MRI brain showed multiple subcortical infarcts and a new left frontal infarct. DSA showed bilateral ICA occlusion and a V-B junction stenosis >90% with highly tortuous vertebral arteries. V-B junction stenting was attempted unsuccessfully. On day 20, she underwent a sequential STA-MCA bypass 2 weeks apart 1 month after admission [right followed by left]; with an STA biopsy on both occasions, which confirmed Fibromuscular dyspasia [FMD] [Figure 1]. Immunosuppressants were stopped, but antiplatelets were continued. At 6 months follow up she was ambulant, but had residual motor aphasia. Whole exome sequencing for genetic causes of stroke was negative.
Figure 1: Panel a; MRA shows bilateral ICA occlusion with tortuous vertebral arteries. Panel b; DWMRI shows acute left frontal infarct [arrow] Panel c; FLAIR axial MRI images shows bilateral subcortical white matter hyperintensities. Panel d; Reconstructed CTA shows the thoracic aorta stent in situ and the cerebrovascular abnormalities [aorta]. Panel e; DSA showing tortuous right vertebral artery with a segmental dissection [arrow]. Panel f; DSA showing tortuous left VA [arrow] with a >90% VB junction stenosis [arrow] Panel g; MIP CTA showing bilateral patent STA-MCA bypasses [arrows]. Panel h and i; histopathology demonstrating intimal FMD

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FMD is a segmentary non-atherosclerotic, non-inflammatory vasculopathy affecting medium and small arteries. It has a female predominance [F; M 9:1] and classically affects the renal and cervico-cranial vasculature [c-FMD].

3 subtypes of FMD are described; The commonest [Medial FMD] is characterized angiographically by a multi-focal alternating stenosis and dilatation [string-of-beads appearance]. The sub-adventitial type shows a tubular stenosis [>1 cm length] and the rarest type, [Intimal type] shows a short focal stenosis of the artery [<1 cm length]. cFMD can be divided into 2 subtypes: a multifocal FMD (≥2 stenoses in any vessel segment ± a string of-beads appearance) or unifocal FMD (a single area of focal or tubular stenosis).[1]

The clinical manifestations and differential diagnosis of FMD are vast [Table 1] and [Table 2]. At present there are no validated diagnostic criteria for FMD. Our child had features of both c-TA and FMD and only STA biopsy was able to confirm FMD.[2]
Table 1: Neurological manifestations of FMD

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Table 2: Differential diagnosis of cervico-cephalic FMD

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FMD is treated with antiplatelets, anti-hypertensives, endovascular interventions or STA-MCA bypass.[3] Immunosuppressants are unhelpful. This is the first report from India of bilateral STA-MCA bypass in FMD and demonstrates the utility of sending STA biopsies during a bypass.[4]


We acknowledge the help of Dr Nanda Kacchare from the department of Neuropathology, Aster medcity in the interpretation of arterial biopsy slides.

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