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Republished: Endovascular treatment of posterior condylar canal dural arteriovenous fistula
  1. Volker Maus1,
  2. Michael Söderman2,
  3. Georges Rodesch3,
  4. Christoph Kabbasch1,
  5. Anastasios Mpotsaris1
  1. 1Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Uniklinik Koln, Koln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
  2. 2Department of Neuroradiology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  3. 3Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology, Hopital Foch, Suresnes, Île-de-France, France
  1. Correspondence to Dr Volker Maus, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Uniklinik Koln, Koln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, 50678 Germany; volker.maus{at}, volker-maus{at}


Posterior condylar canal dural arteriovenous fistulas (PCC DAVFs) are rare lesions that may present with pulse-synchronous bruit. In cases with venous reflux there is a risk of haemorrhage or even dementia. Diagnosis and endovascular treatment require a profound knowledge of the vascular anatomy of the craniocervical junction and comprehensive neurovascular imaging. We describe the clinical presentation, angiographic imaging and endovascular treatment of a PCC DAVF in a female patient with pulse-synchronous bruit as the presenting symptom. The fistula drained almost exclusively into the sigmoid sinus and internal jugular vein. There was no intracranial reflux. The PCC DAVF was treated with transvenous coil occlusion of the fistulous pouch in the condylar canal. Symptoms resolved immediately after intervention and the patient recovered quickly without any neurological deficits. MR angiography confirmed occlusion of the DAVF. The dural sinus was patent with normal blood flow.

  • Coil
  • Fistula
  • Vascular Malformation
  • Angiography

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  • Republished with permission from BMJ Case Reports Published 31 May 2016; doi:10.1136/bcr-2016-012384

  • Contributors All authors were included in planning, conducting and reporting the work. Conception of research project/ planning of intervention: AM, GR, MS. Execution: AM, CK, VM. Manuscript preparation: VMaus. Manuscript review and critique: CK, MS, GR.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Ethics approval Ethics approval was obtained from the Ethics Committee, University of Cologne.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.