Diagnostic pitfall: Atypical cerebral venous drainage via the vertebral venous system

Olaf Hoffmann, Randolf Klingebiel, Johann S. Braun, Juri Katchanov, José M. Valdueza

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Abstract

We report a case of atypical cerebral venous drainage in a 38-year-old woman with symptoms of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. Thrombosis of the left internal jugular vein and sigmoid sinus was suspected on the basis of spin-echo and time-of-flight MR findings, but multisection CT angiograms showed a patent sigmoid sinus and predominant drainage via the emissary veins toward the vertebral plexus, with only a minor contribution of the jugular veins. This case illustrates the variability of the venous anatomy in the craniocervical region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)408-411
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Neuroradiology
Volume23
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 3 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology

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