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DOMENICO IACOPINO

Intraoperative microvascular Doppler monitoring of blood flow within a spinal dural arteriovenous fistula: a precious surgical tool. Case report.

  • Autori: Giusa, M.; Conti, A.; Cardali, S.; Tomasello, F.; Iacopino, D.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2001
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
  • Parole Chiave: dural arteriovenous fistula, spine, ultrasonography, intraoperative monitoring
  • OA Link: http://hdl.handle.net/10447/63714

Abstract

The authors describe a case of spinal arteriovenous fistula (AVF) treated by a microvascular Doppler-assisted surgical interruption of the arterialized vein. Microvascular Doppler monitoring represents a valid, widely available, noninvasive tool that enables identification, through flow spectrum analysis, of components of this type of vascular malformation. In this case because the location of the fistula was identified prior to opening the dura only minimally invasive surgery was required. Direct recordings of the arterialized draining vein and the nidus of the fistula demonstrated a pathological spectrum caused by the arterial supply and the disturbed venous outflow in which a high-resistance flow pattern and low diastolic flow resembling an arterial-like flow velocity were observed. The fistula was obliterated by interruption of the draining vein, and Doppler measurements provided information on flow velocity changes in the medullary veins from an arterial to a venous pattern. The absence of any residual flow in the AVF confirmed successful hemodynamic treatment. Intraoperative microvascular Doppler recording during surgical closure of spinal AVF is a widely available and reliable monitoring modality that helps to produce excellent clinical results.