Dural arteriovenous fistula and dorsal thoracic arachnoid web

Case contributed by Prof. Stephen Stuckey

Presentation

Left hand and foot pain.

Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Male

Dilated anterior spinal artery and prominent paraspinal veins. The TRICKS study demonstrates suggests a dural AVF in the lower cervical spine as the underlying cause for the arterial and venous prominence on other sequences.  

At the mid thoracic level CSF density impresses upon the dorsal aspect of the cord. CSF remains present anterior to the cord at this level and on axial imaging flattening of the posterior aspect of the cord is seen. A small cord syrinx is seen in association. Appearance is consistent with the scalpel sign of dorsal thoracic arachnoid web with associated syrinx

Case Discussion

This is a complicated case, and highlights the failure of Occam's razor in some instances, namely that trying to fit both findings (vessel in the cervical region, and thoracic changes) into one diagnosis is difficult and leads to overly complicated hypotheses. Rather, accepting dual pathology makes arriving at each diagnosis relatively easy, namely cervical dural arteriovenous fistula and dorsal thoracic arachnoid web with scalpel sign

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Case Information

rID: 30379
Case created: 6th Aug 2014
Last edited: 28th Apr 2017
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