The dual microcatheter technique for transvenous embolization of dural arteriovenous fistulae

Isaac Josh Abecassis, John D. Nerva, Basavaraj V. Ghodke, Laligam N. Sekhar, Michael R. Levitt, Louis J. Kim

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Background: Dural arteriovenous fistulae (dAVFs) comprise 10-15% of all intracranial arteriovenous malformations. The goal of surgical or endovascular intervention is complete obliteration of the fistulous connection(s). In cases where dAVF venous drainage is separate from normal cortical drainage, transvenous embolization can provide fast and effective fistula obliteration.

Objective: To describe a new method of efficient transvenous embolization (the 'dual microcatheter technique') for the treatment of dAVFs.

METHODS: Three patients with dAVFs were treated using the dual microcatheter technique for transvenous embolization. Two microcatheters were placed in the distal aspect of the dAVF venous pouch, after which coil embolization reduced fistula flow, and liquid embolic agent injection with reflux into arterial feeders completed the obliteration of the fistula.

Results: Lesion grade ranged from Borden-Shucart grades 2 through 3. In all cases, dAVF venous drainage was isolated from the normal cerebral venous drainage. Dual microcatheter transvenous embolization was successful in all patients, with non-target embolization and no new postoperative deficits. At the last follow-up, all three patients were symptom-free without evidence of radiographic recurrence.

Conclusions: The dual microcatheter technique of transvenous dAVF embolization is safe and feasible in cases where dAVF venous outflow is isolated from normal cerebral venous drainage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)578-582
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of NeuroInterventional Surgery
Issue number6
Early online date7 Nov 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Arteriovenous malformation
  • Catheter
  • Fistula
  • Technique
  • Vascular malformation


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