Posterior fossa arteriovenous malformations

Omar M. Arnaout, Bradley A. Gross, Christopher S. Eddleman, Bernard R. Bendok, Christopher C. Getch, H. Hunt Batjer

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Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) of the posterior fossa are complex neurovascular lesions that are less common than their supratentorial counterparts, accounting for < 15% of all AVMs. The majority of patients with these lesions present with intracranial hemorrhage, a factor that has been consistently shown to increase one's risk for subsequent bleeding. Studies have additionally shown a posterior fossa or deep AVM location to portend a more aggressive natural history. The authors reviewed the literature on posterior fossa AVMs, finding their annual rupture rates to be as high as 11.6%, an important factor that underscores the importance of aggressive treatment of lesions amenable to intervention as therapeutic options and results continue to improve.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalNeurosurgical focus
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2009


  • Arteriovenous malformation
  • Infratentorial location
  • Natural history
  • Posterior fossa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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