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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

Boby Varkey Maramattom1, Joe Thomas2, Dilip Panicker3, CV Gopalakrishnan1,  
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

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Dr. Boby Varkey Maramattom
Department of Neurology, Aster Medcity, Kochi, Kerala

How to cite this article:
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;70:792-793

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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 Aug 8 ];70:792-793
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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}

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}{Table 2}

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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