, Volume 60, Issue 10, pp 993–994 | Cite as

Developmental venous anomaly depicted incidentally in fetal MRI and confirmed in post-natal MRI

  • Ana Filipa GeraldoEmail author
  • Mónica Melo
  • David Monteiro
  • Francisco Valente
  • Joana Nunes
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor-in-Chief,

Cerebral developmental venous anomalies (DVAs) are the most common subtype of congenital brain vascular malformation. They are widely reported in the adult population and less frequently within the pediatric age group [1, 2]. Interestingly, their depiction and characterization in utero using cerebral ultrasound with Doppler and/or fetal brain MRI has only recently been described in a small case series, although post-natal images were not provided in that paper [3].

We herein report a case of 2 gravida 0 para mother with chronic hypertension referred to our pediatric imaging unit at 33 weeks’ gestation following the detection of apparently isolated ventricular enlargement in fetal ultrasound. Fetal brain MRI was performed at the same gestational age, confirming mild left ventriculomegaly. In addition, a linear hypointense signal on T2 HASTE and gradient echo (GRE) images was incidentally depicted in the left parietal region, extending from the enlarged ventricular...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medical Imaging, Neuroradiology UnitCHVNG/E- Centro Hospitalar Vila Nova de Gaia/EspinhoVila Nova de GaiaPortugal
  2. 2.Department of Gynecology-Obstetrics, Prenatal Diagnosis UnitCHVNG/E- Centro Hospitalar Vila Nova de Gaia/EspinhoVila Nova de GaiaPortugal

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