Supratentorial Arteriovenous Malformations of the Brain

  • S. Mingrino
Part of the Advances and Technical Standards in Neurosurgery book series (NEUROSURGERY, volume 5)


Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is a congenital, abnormal communication between arterial and venous channels without the interposition of the capillary system. This term comprehends two types of anomalies:
  1. 1.

    Arteriovenous fistula, which is a simple and direct communication between an arterial and venous normal vessel. This lesion can also be traumatic, and is commonly observed at dural or extradural sites.

  2. 2.

    Arteriovenous angioma when the communication between the arterial and venous territory is mediated by several anomalous convoluted vessels that represent the lesion. This is the most frequent type of cerebral lesion. In some cases the distinction between the two forms can be difficult or impossible at angiography, as an arteriovenous angioma with tiny and scanty multiple connections between arterial and venous channels may simulate a direct, fistulous shunt.



Arteriovenous Malformation Arteriovenous Fistula Vascular Malformation Posterior Cerebral Artery Cerebral Arteriovenous Malformation 
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  1. 1.Institute of NeurosurgeryUniversity of PadovaItaly

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