Sufficient understanding of the angioarchitecture of an arteriovenous fistula (AVF) at the craniocervical junction (CCJ) is crucial to surgical treatment but is often difficult because of the complex vascular anatomy. Intraarterial indocyanine green (ICG) videoangiography has emerged as a more useful option for understanding the vascular anatomy than intravenous ICG videoangiography. This report describes two cases of CCJ AVFs successfully treated by surgery using intraarterial ICG videoangiography and describes the efficacy of this technique.
Case 1 involved a 71-year-old man presenting with tetraparesis after sudden onset of severe headache due to subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Digital subtraction angiography (DSA) demonstrated CCJ epidural AVF. Intraarterial ICG videoangiography revealed the drainer, which had been difficult to identify. The AVF disappeared after disconnection of the drainer. Case 2 involved a 68-year-old man presenting with severe headache due to SAH. DSA showed multiple AVFs at the CCJ and cerebellar tentorium. Intraarterial ICG videoangiography demonstrated concomitant perimedullary AVF and dural AVF at the CCJ. All AVFs disappeared postoperatively.
Intraarterial ICG videoangiography was useful for definitive diagnosis of CCJ AVF, facilitating identification of feeders and drainers with bright and high phase contrast and allowing repeated testing to confirm flow direction.