Surgical Treatment of Cranial Arteriovenous Malformations and Dural Arteriovenous Fistulas

Gustavo Pradilla, Alexander L. Coon, Judy Huang, Rafael J. Tamargo

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Microsurgical resection remains the treatment of choice for more than half of all patients with arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). It reduces the treatment window to a span of a few weeks and is curative. Careful patient selection, meticulous surgical planning, and painstaking technical execution of surgery are typically rewarded with excellent outcomes. For dural arteriovenous fistulas (DAVFs), microsurgical obliteration is often reserved for cases in which endovascular therapy either cannot be pursued or fails. When performed, however, microsurgical obliteration of DAVFs is associated with excellent outcomes as well. This article reviews the current state of microsurgical treatment of AVMs and DAVFs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-122
Number of pages18
JournalNeurosurgery clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


  • Arteriovenous malformations
  • Dural arteriovenous fistulas
  • Microsurgical resection
  • Surgical outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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