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Venous congestive myelopathy in spinal dural arteriovenous fistula mimicking neoplasia


Spinal dural arteriovenous fistulas (SDAVF) are the most common acquired arteriovenous shunts that occur in adults. By increasing venous pressure in the spinal venous system they are a cause of venous congestive myelopathy. We report the case of a patient with a SDAVF mimicking, on magnetic resonance imaging, the presence of a spinal cord tumour due to an unusual pattern of enhancement after gadolinium administration.

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Roccatagliata, L., Centanaro, F. & Castellan, L. Venous congestive myelopathy in spinal dural arteriovenous fistula mimicking neoplasia. Neurol Sci 28, 212–215 (2007).

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