Dural arteriovenous fistulas supplied by ethmoidal arteries

V. V. Halbach, R. T. Higashida, G. B. Hieshima, C. B. Wilson, S. L. Barnwell, C. F. Dowd

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Abstract

Eight patients with dural arteriovenous fistulas (DAVFs) located on the floor of the anterior cranial fossa and supplied by enlarged ethmoidal branches of the ophthalmic artery are described. Five patients showed the classical symptom of intracerebral hemorrhage (all five had ipsilateral frontal lobe hematomas and one also had an associated a subdural hematoma). Two patients exhibited atypical symptoms of proptosis, chemosis, elevated intraocular pressure, and loss of vision secondary to an ethmoidal DAVF, which drained posteriorly to the cavernous sinus. The eighth patient exhibited proptosis and chemosis secondary to a cavernous sinus DAVF and was incidentally found to have an asymptomatic ethmoidal DAVF. One additional patient had two separate dural fistulas: one located on the cribriform plate and the second located in the posterior fossa. Seven of the eight patients were cured by surgical excision of the fistula site; in remaining patient spontaneous obliteration followed a surgical procedure for a cavernous DAVF. DAVFs involving the floor of the anterior cranial fossa usually present with hemorrhage, but can present with ocular symptoms or be entirely asymptomatic and are effectively treated by surgical excision of the fistula site.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)816-823
Number of pages8
JournalNeurosurgery
Volume26
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

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Central Nervous System Vascular Malformations
Arteries
Anterior Cranial Fossa
Fistula
Cavernous Sinus
Exophthalmos
Ethmoid Bone
Ophthalmic Artery
Subdural Hematoma
Cerebral Hemorrhage
Frontal Lobe
Intraocular Pressure
Hematoma
Hemorrhage

Keywords

  • dural arteriovenous fistulas
  • dural arteriovenous malformations
  • ethmoidal dural fistulas
  • intracranial hemorrhage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery

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Halbach, V. V., Higashida, R. T., Hieshima, G. B., Wilson, C. B., Barnwell, S. L., & Dowd, C. F. (1990). Dural arteriovenous fistulas supplied by ethmoidal arteries. Neurosurgery, 26(5), 816-823.

Dural arteriovenous fistulas supplied by ethmoidal arteries. / Halbach, V. V.; Higashida, R. T.; Hieshima, G. B.; Wilson, C. B.; Barnwell, S. L.; Dowd, C. F.

In: Neurosurgery, Vol. 26, No. 5, 1990, p. 816-823.

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Halbach, VV, Higashida, RT, Hieshima, GB, Wilson, CB, Barnwell, SL & Dowd, CF 1990, 'Dural arteriovenous fistulas supplied by ethmoidal arteries', Neurosurgery, vol. 26, no. 5, pp. 816-823.
Halbach VV, Higashida RT, Hieshima GB, Wilson CB, Barnwell SL, Dowd CF. Dural arteriovenous fistulas supplied by ethmoidal arteries. Neurosurgery. 1990;26(5):816-823.
Halbach, V. V. ; Higashida, R. T. ; Hieshima, G. B. ; Wilson, C. B. ; Barnwell, S. L. ; Dowd, C. F. / Dural arteriovenous fistulas supplied by ethmoidal arteries. In: Neurosurgery. 1990 ; Vol. 26, No. 5. pp. 816-823.
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