Anomalous venous drainage in a case of non-syndromic craniosynostosis.

Research paper by P J PJ Anderson, W J WJ Harkness, W W Taylor, B M BM Jones, R D RD Hayward

Indexed on: 01 Feb '97Published on: 01 Feb '97Published in: Child's Nervous System


The authors describe the clinical and radiological findings in a case of non-syndromic craniosynostosis affecting multiple sutures, in which the intracranial venous drainage was grossly anomalous. Investigation by magnetic resonance imaging and angiography revealed that almost all of the intracranial venous blood was draining from the dural sinuses transosseoussly via enlarged emissary veins to the external jugular veins and the vertebral veins. Although present, both internal jugular veins were small. This discovery represented a contraindication for the vault expansion surgery that had been recommended as treatment for the patient's raised intracranial pressure, and it has important implications for the management of all types of craniosynostosis.