Prominent cortical and medullary veins on susceptibilityweighted images of acute ischaemic stroke

Seyedmehdi Payabvash, John C. Benson, Shayandokht Taleb, Jeffrey B. Rykken, Benjamin Hoffman, Mark C. Oswood, Alexander M. McKinney

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Abstract

Objective: To determine the clinical and imaging implications of prominent cortical and medullary veins on susceptibility-weighted images (SWI) of patients with acute stroke. Methods: Consecutive patients with acute ischaemic stroke who had SWI scan within 24 h of symptom onset or time last-seen-well were included. The SWI series were reviewed for the presence of prominent cortical and medullary veins and were graded independently by two neuroradiologists. The correlations between prominent vein grades with different imaging and clinical variables were determined. Results: Among 213 patients, prominent SWI cortical and medullary veins were identified in 35 (16.4%) patients and 20 (9.4%) patients, respectively. There was fair interobserver agreement (k50.314-0.338, p#0.001) for grading, and moderate agreement (k50.406-0.413, p#0.001) for the presence of prominent veins. Both prominent cortical and medullary veins were associated with the presence of arterial occlusion (rho50.232, p50.001; rho50.180, p50.008; respectively) and larger infarct volume (rho50.445, p,0.001; rho50.167, p50.015; respectively). However, neither cortical nor medullary cortical veins were associated with the severity of symptoms at admission or clinical outcome. Prominent cortical veins were independent predictors of arterial occlusion (p50.018), whereas prominent medullary veins were more strongly associated with larger infarct volumes (p,0.001). Conclusion: There were small but significant correlations between cortical and medullary veins on SWI with arterial occlusion and large infarct volume in acute ischaemic stroke.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number0714
JournalBritish Journal of Radiology
Volume89
Issue number1068
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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