Anomalous venous drainage in a case of non-syndromic craniosynostosis

Peter J. Anderson, William J. Harkness, Wendy Taylor, Barry M. Jones, Richard D. Hayward

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-100
Number of pages4
JournalChild's Nervous System
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Anomalous venous drainage
  • Craniosynostosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology

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