Images in Neurology |

Vein of Galen Aneurysmal Malformation

Ioannis Loumiotis, MD; Giuseppe Lanzino, MD
Arch Neurol. 2011;68(6):822-823. doi:10.1001/archneurol.2011.121.
Text Size: A A A
Published online


A 32-year-old woman presented to the emergency department for evaluation of worsening headache that had lasted several weeks. She had a history of chronic headache and a remote history of vein of Galen aneurysmal malformation treated surgically in infancy, with additional endovascular occlusion of one of the feeders several years later (Figure 1). During her clinical course, she had also required a ventriculoperitoneal shunt for hydrocephalus. A computed tomographic scan demonstrated a large, peripherally calcified mass posterior to the third ventricle, representing the thrombosed vein of Galen aneurysm (Figure 2A). There was also ventricular enlargement and a ventricular catheter in the lateral ventricle (Figure 2B). Ventricular enlargement was stable when compared with previous scans. Her headaches were treated symptomatically as they were thought not to be related to shunt malfunction or any other shunt complications.

Figures in this Article

Sign In to Access Full Content

Don't have Access?

Register and get free email Table of Contents alerts, saved searches, PowerPoint downloads, CME quizzes, and more

Subscribe for full-text access to content from 1998 forward and a host of useful features

Activate your current subscription (AMA members and current subscribers)

Purchase Online Access to this article for 24 hours

First Page Preview

View Large
First page PDF preview


Place holder to copy figure label and caption
Figure 1.

Left vertebral artery injection. A, There is filling of a giant venous varix. B, Nonsubtracted radiographs show peripheral calcification of the venous varix. C, Following coil embolization of an abnormally enlarged posterior choroidal artery feeder, there is no longer filling of the venous varix.

Graphic Jump Location
Place holder to copy figure label and caption
Figure 2.

Computed tomography of the head's bone window (A) and soft-tissue windows (B). There is a large mass posterior to the third ventricle, consistent with the known vein of Galen aneurysmal malformation. There is dilation of the ventricular system with a ventricular catheter in place.

Graphic Jump Location




Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).
Submit a Comment


Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Sign In to Access Full Content

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.

Articles Related By Topic
Related Topics
PubMed Articles