A rare cause of a large posterior fossa mass: Giant varix

Y. P. Goh, K. K. Lau

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Herein, we report a very rare case of a patient suffering from the simultaneous occurrence of an unusually gigantic posterior fossa varix (measuring 35 mm x 45 mm) and a tentorial dural arteriovenous fistula in the absence of intracranial haemorrhage. Simultaneous occurrence of a varix and a tentorial dural arteriovenous fistula is present in only 4% of all intracranial dural arteriovenous fistulae. These concurrent conditions are associated with a high risk of intracranial haemorrhage and intracranial hypertension that can give rise to focal neurological deficits. Its clinical relevance and radiological findings are discussed in this report.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-43
Number of pages5
JournalHong Kong Journal of Radiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Cerebral hemorrhage
  • Cranial fossa, posterior
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intracranial arteriovenous malformations
  • Varicose veins

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