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Developmental Venous Anomaly
Luke L. Linscott, MD
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KEY FACTS

  • Terminology

    • Imaging

      • Top Differential Diagnoses

        • Pathology

          • Diagnostic Checklist

            TERMINOLOGY

            • Abbreviations

              • Developmental venous anomaly (DVA)
            • Synonyms

              • Venous angioma
            • Definitions

              • Congenital cerebral vascular malformation with mature venous elements
              • Represents only drainage pathway for brain within drainage territory (i.e., no collaterals)
                • Surgical sacrifice of collecting vein will result in infarct

            IMAGING

            • General Features

              • CT Findings

                • MR Findings

                  • Ultrasonographic Findings

                    • Angiographic Findings

                      • Nuclear Medicine Findings

                        • Imaging Recommendations

                          DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                            PATHOLOGY

                            • General Features

                              • Gross Pathologic & Surgical Features

                                • Microscopic Features

                                  CLINICAL ISSUES

                                  • Presentation

                                    • Demographics

                                      • Natural History & Prognosis

                                        • Treatment

                                          DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                          • Consider

                                            • Image Interpretation Pearls

                                              Selected References

                                              1. Linscott LL et al: Developmental venous anomalies of the brain in children - imaging spectrum and update. Pediatr Radiol. 46(3):394-406, 2016
                                              2. Nabavizadeh SA et al: The many faces of cerebral developmental venous anomaly and its mimicks: spectrum of imaging findings. J Neuroimaging. 26(5):463-72, 2016
                                              3. Harrison G et al: Gamma knife stereotactic radiosurgery for trigeminal neuralgia caused by a developmental venous anomaly. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 93(2):110-3, 2015
                                              4. Iv M et al: Association of developmental venous anomalies with perfusion abnormalities on arterial spin labeling and bolus perfusion-weighted imaging. J Neuroimaging. 25(2):243-250, 2015
                                              5. Larvie M et al: Brain metabolic abnormalities associated with developmental venous anomalies. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 36(3):475-80, 2015
                                              6. Agarwal A et al: Spontaneous thrombosis of developmental venous anomaly (DVA) with venous infarct and acute cerebellar ataxia. Emerg Radiol. 21(4):427-30, 2014
                                              7. Horsch S et al: Developmental venous anomaly in the newborn brain. Neuroradiology. 56(7):579-88, 2014
                                              8. Jung HN et al: Diffusion and perfusion MRI findings of the signal-intensity abnormalities of brain associated with developmental venous anomaly. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 35(8):1539-42, 2014
                                              9. Linscott LL et al: Brain parenchymal signal abnormalities associated with developmental venous anomalies in children and young adults. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 35(8):1600-7, 2014
                                              10. Griffiths D et al: Thrombosis of a developmental venous anomaly causing venous infarction and pontine hemorrhage. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 22(8):e653-5, 2013
                                              11. Guhl S et al: Unusual mesencephalic developmental venous anomaly causing obstructive hydrocephalus due to aqueductal stenosis. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 8(4):407-10, 2011
                                              12. Oran I et al: Developmental venous anomaly (DVA) with arterial component: a rare cause of intracranial haemorrhage. Neuroradiology. 51(1):25-32, 2009
                                              13. Fushimi Y et al: A developmental venous anomaly presenting atypical findings on susceptibility-weighted imaging. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 29(7):E56, 2008
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                                              References
                                              Tables

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                                              KEY FACTS

                                              • Terminology

                                                • Imaging

                                                  • Top Differential Diagnoses

                                                    • Pathology

                                                      • Diagnostic Checklist

                                                        TERMINOLOGY

                                                        • Abbreviations

                                                          • Developmental venous anomaly (DVA)
                                                        • Synonyms

                                                          • Venous angioma
                                                        • Definitions

                                                          • Congenital cerebral vascular malformation with mature venous elements
                                                          • Represents only drainage pathway for brain within drainage territory (i.e., no collaterals)
                                                            • Surgical sacrifice of collecting vein will result in infarct

                                                        IMAGING

                                                        • General Features

                                                          • CT Findings

                                                            • MR Findings

                                                              • Ultrasonographic Findings

                                                                • Angiographic Findings

                                                                  • Nuclear Medicine Findings

                                                                    • Imaging Recommendations

                                                                      DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                                                                        PATHOLOGY

                                                                        • General Features

                                                                          • Gross Pathologic & Surgical Features

                                                                            • Microscopic Features

                                                                              CLINICAL ISSUES

                                                                              • Presentation

                                                                                • Demographics

                                                                                  • Natural History & Prognosis

                                                                                    • Treatment

                                                                                      DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                                                                      • Consider

                                                                                        • Image Interpretation Pearls

                                                                                          Selected References

                                                                                          1. Linscott LL et al: Developmental venous anomalies of the brain in children - imaging spectrum and update. Pediatr Radiol. 46(3):394-406, 2016
                                                                                          2. Nabavizadeh SA et al: The many faces of cerebral developmental venous anomaly and its mimicks: spectrum of imaging findings. J Neuroimaging. 26(5):463-72, 2016
                                                                                          3. Harrison G et al: Gamma knife stereotactic radiosurgery for trigeminal neuralgia caused by a developmental venous anomaly. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 93(2):110-3, 2015
                                                                                          4. Iv M et al: Association of developmental venous anomalies with perfusion abnormalities on arterial spin labeling and bolus perfusion-weighted imaging. J Neuroimaging. 25(2):243-250, 2015
                                                                                          5. Larvie M et al: Brain metabolic abnormalities associated with developmental venous anomalies. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 36(3):475-80, 2015
                                                                                          6. Agarwal A et al: Spontaneous thrombosis of developmental venous anomaly (DVA) with venous infarct and acute cerebellar ataxia. Emerg Radiol. 21(4):427-30, 2014
                                                                                          7. Horsch S et al: Developmental venous anomaly in the newborn brain. Neuroradiology. 56(7):579-88, 2014
                                                                                          8. Jung HN et al: Diffusion and perfusion MRI findings of the signal-intensity abnormalities of brain associated with developmental venous anomaly. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 35(8):1539-42, 2014
                                                                                          9. Linscott LL et al: Brain parenchymal signal abnormalities associated with developmental venous anomalies in children and young adults. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 35(8):1600-7, 2014
                                                                                          10. Griffiths D et al: Thrombosis of a developmental venous anomaly causing venous infarction and pontine hemorrhage. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 22(8):e653-5, 2013
                                                                                          11. Guhl S et al: Unusual mesencephalic developmental venous anomaly causing obstructive hydrocephalus due to aqueductal stenosis. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 8(4):407-10, 2011
                                                                                          12. Oran I et al: Developmental venous anomaly (DVA) with arterial component: a rare cause of intracranial haemorrhage. Neuroradiology. 51(1):25-32, 2009
                                                                                          13. Fushimi Y et al: A developmental venous anomaly presenting atypical findings on susceptibility-weighted imaging. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 29(7):E56, 2008