Vein of galen malformation - fetal

Case contributed by Dr. Sheri L Harder


Obstetrical patient referred for evaluation of an intracranial cystic lesion.

Patient Data

Age: 35 weeks gestation
Gender: Female

Fetal MRI


T2 weighted images from a fetal MRI demonstrate a large flow void in the region of the vein of Galen. The fetal heart is enlarged. 

Case Discussion

This is an example of a vein of Galen malformation, diagnosed in utero. The enlarged heart suggests high output cardiac failure, a complication of these malformations. 

How to use cases

You can use Radiopaedia cases in a variety of ways to help you learn and teach.

Creating your own cases is easy.