Transarterial embolization of a transverse sinus dural arteriovenous fistula: 2-dimensional operative video

Endovascular Neurosurgery Research Group (ENRG)

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A 40-yr-old male with no significant past medical history presented with sudden onset right-sided retro-orbital headache associated with vision loss after a session of strenuous exercise. Initial assessment with noncontrast head computed tomography at the local emergency department revealed a right sided occipital intracranial hemorrhage (ICH). On arrival the patient ad a left quadrantopsia with Glasgow Coma Scale of 15 and an ICH score of 0. A computed tomographic angiography showed a high density 6 × 9 mm vascular lesion associated with 2 tortuous vessels. Cerebral angiography revealed a right sided dural arteriovenous fistula, Cognard Type IV, with arterial feeders arising from dural branches of the right vertebral artery, the posterior division of the right middle meningeal artery and meningeal branches distal to the neuromeningeal trunk of the left ascending pharyngeal artery.1 Four days after the ICH event the patient was treated with endovascular Onyx embolization of the fistula, through a transradial approach. Immediate angiographic assessment showed complete obliteration of the dAVF. The patient was discharged home and recovered his visual field deficit over 3 mo. The following operative video includes a discussion of the endovascular technique and treatment nuances associated with the transarterial management of a dural arteriovenous fistula. Patient consent was given prior to the procedure and consent and approval for this operative video was waived due to the retrospective nature of this manuscript and the anonymized video material.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E41-E42
JournalOperative Neurosurgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • Arteriovenous fistula
  • Embolization
  • Endovascular
  • Fistula
  • Onyx
  • Transarterial
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Central Nervous System Vascular Malformations/diagnostic imaging
  • Embolization, Therapeutic
  • Polyvinyls
  • Dimethyl Sulfoxide
  • Retrospective Studies

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Video-Audio Media
  • Journal Article


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