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Anatomical variations in termination of the uncal vein and its clinical implications in cavernous sinus dural arteriovenous fistulas.

Ide S, Kiyosue H, Tanoue S, Okahara M, Sagara Y, Hori Y, Mori H - Neuroradiology (2014)

Bottom Line: The CSDAVFs drained directly into the UV in two patients, drained via LCS into the UV in two patients, and drained through the SMCV into the UV in the remaining nine patients.All cases were successfully treated by transvenous embolization with special attention given to uncal venous drainage.There are several variations in UV termination according to the embryological development of the primitive tentorial sinus and the deep telencephalic vein.

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Affiliation: Department of Radiology, Oita University Hospital, 1-1 Idaigaoka, Hasama, Yufu City, Oita, 879-5593, Japan.

ABSTRACT

Introduction: The aim of the study was to investigate the variations in the uncal vein (UV) termination and its clinical implication in cavernous sinus dural arteriovenous fistulas (CSDAVFs).

Methods: Biplane cerebral angiography in 80 patients (160 sides) with normal cerebral venous return (normal group) was reviewed with special interest in the termination of the UV. Frequency and types of uncal venous drainage from CSDAVFs in consecutive 26 patients were also analyzed.

Results: In the normal group, the UV was identified in 118 sides (74 %). The UV terminated into cavernous sinus (CS) in 41 sides (34 %), the superficial middle cerebral vein (SMCV) in 58 sides (48 %), the laterocavernous sinus (LCS) in 15 sides (13 %), and the paracavernous sinus (PCS) in 4 sides (3 %). Cerebral venous blood via the UV draining into the CS directly (n=41) or through the SMCV and/or the LCS (n=45) was observed in 86 sides (54 %). Uncal venous drainage from CSDAVFs was found in 13 patients (50 %). The CSDAVFs drained directly into the UV in two patients, drained via LCS into the UV in two patients, and drained through the SMCV into the UV in the remaining nine patients. All cases were successfully treated by transvenous embolization with special attention given to uncal venous drainage.

Conclusion: There are several variations in UV termination according to the embryological development of the primitive tentorial sinus and the deep telencephalic vein. Careful attention should be paid to uncal venous drainage for the treatment of CSDAVFs.

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Schematic drawing of variation in termination of superficial middle cerebral vein in type B uncal venous termination. a The superficial middle cerebral vein (SMCV) terminated to the cavernous sinus. b The SMCV terminated to the laterocavernous sinus into the cavernous sinus. c The SMCV terminated to the laterocavernous sinus into the pterygoid plexus. d The SMCV terminated to the paracavernous sinus. Arrows indicate the uncal vein
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Fig3: Schematic drawing of variation in termination of superficial middle cerebral vein in type B uncal venous termination. a The superficial middle cerebral vein (SMCV) terminated to the cavernous sinus. b The SMCV terminated to the laterocavernous sinus into the cavernous sinus. c The SMCV terminated to the laterocavernous sinus into the pterygoid plexus. d The SMCV terminated to the paracavernous sinus. Arrows indicate the uncal vein

Mentions: In type B, the SMCV terminated into the CS in 18 sides, the LCS in 25 sides, and the PCS in 15 sides (Figs. 1 and 3). Among the 18 sides in which the SMCV terminated into the CS, the SMCV terminated into the CS alone in 16 sides, and the SMCV terminated into CS with another termination into the PCS in 2 sides. In the 25 sides where the SMCV terminated into the LCS, the LCS terminated into the CS in 8 sides, the pterygoid plexus in 6 sides, the CS and the pterygoid plexus in 10 sides, and the CS and the superior petrosal sinus in 1 side. The UV communicated with CS via the SMCV in 36 sides of type B.Fig. 3


Anatomical variations in termination of the uncal vein and its clinical implications in cavernous sinus dural arteriovenous fistulas.

Ide S, Kiyosue H, Tanoue S, Okahara M, Sagara Y, Hori Y, Mori H - Neuroradiology (2014)

Schematic drawing of variation in termination of superficial middle cerebral vein in type B uncal venous termination. a The superficial middle cerebral vein (SMCV) terminated to the cavernous sinus. b The SMCV terminated to the laterocavernous sinus into the cavernous sinus. c The SMCV terminated to the laterocavernous sinus into the pterygoid plexus. d The SMCV terminated to the paracavernous sinus. Arrows indicate the uncal vein
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Fig3: Schematic drawing of variation in termination of superficial middle cerebral vein in type B uncal venous termination. a The superficial middle cerebral vein (SMCV) terminated to the cavernous sinus. b The SMCV terminated to the laterocavernous sinus into the cavernous sinus. c The SMCV terminated to the laterocavernous sinus into the pterygoid plexus. d The SMCV terminated to the paracavernous sinus. Arrows indicate the uncal vein
Mentions: In type B, the SMCV terminated into the CS in 18 sides, the LCS in 25 sides, and the PCS in 15 sides (Figs. 1 and 3). Among the 18 sides in which the SMCV terminated into the CS, the SMCV terminated into the CS alone in 16 sides, and the SMCV terminated into CS with another termination into the PCS in 2 sides. In the 25 sides where the SMCV terminated into the LCS, the LCS terminated into the CS in 8 sides, the pterygoid plexus in 6 sides, the CS and the pterygoid plexus in 10 sides, and the CS and the superior petrosal sinus in 1 side. The UV communicated with CS via the SMCV in 36 sides of type B.Fig. 3

Bottom Line: The CSDAVFs drained directly into the UV in two patients, drained via LCS into the UV in two patients, and drained through the SMCV into the UV in the remaining nine patients.All cases were successfully treated by transvenous embolization with special attention given to uncal venous drainage.There are several variations in UV termination according to the embryological development of the primitive tentorial sinus and the deep telencephalic vein.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Radiology, Oita University Hospital, 1-1 Idaigaoka, Hasama, Yufu City, Oita, 879-5593, Japan.

ABSTRACT

Introduction: The aim of the study was to investigate the variations in the uncal vein (UV) termination and its clinical implication in cavernous sinus dural arteriovenous fistulas (CSDAVFs).

Methods: Biplane cerebral angiography in 80 patients (160 sides) with normal cerebral venous return (normal group) was reviewed with special interest in the termination of the UV. Frequency and types of uncal venous drainage from CSDAVFs in consecutive 26 patients were also analyzed.

Results: In the normal group, the UV was identified in 118 sides (74 %). The UV terminated into cavernous sinus (CS) in 41 sides (34 %), the superficial middle cerebral vein (SMCV) in 58 sides (48 %), the laterocavernous sinus (LCS) in 15 sides (13 %), and the paracavernous sinus (PCS) in 4 sides (3 %). Cerebral venous blood via the UV draining into the CS directly (n=41) or through the SMCV and/or the LCS (n=45) was observed in 86 sides (54 %). Uncal venous drainage from CSDAVFs was found in 13 patients (50 %). The CSDAVFs drained directly into the UV in two patients, drained via LCS into the UV in two patients, and drained through the SMCV into the UV in the remaining nine patients. All cases were successfully treated by transvenous embolization with special attention given to uncal venous drainage.

Conclusion: There are several variations in UV termination according to the embryological development of the primitive tentorial sinus and the deep telencephalic vein. Careful attention should be paid to uncal venous drainage for the treatment of CSDAVFs.

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