An elevated end-diastolic (ED) ratio of the common carotid artery (CCA) is an indicator of occlusive lesions of the distal portion of the internal carotid artery. We report 2 cases of cerebral arteriovenous malformation (AVM) showing an elevated ED ratio of the CCA, which decreased after surgery. Case 1 was a 28-year-old man with chronic recurrent headache with aura, and case 2 was a 29-year-old woman with sudden-onset headache and intracerebral hemorrhage without neurologic abnormality. In both cases, digital subtraction angiography revealed a Spetzler-Martin Grade IV AVM, which was mainly fed by branches of the left middle cerebral artery with venous drainage into superficial and deep cerebral veins. Preoperative carotid ultrasonography showed an elevated CCA ED ratio (1.38 in case 1 and 1.47 in case 2; left > right) without atherosclerotic lesions. Patients’ AVMs were successfully resected. In both cases, the ED ratio was decreased after surgery (to 1.05 in case 1 and 1.20 in case 2). A decrease in vascular resistance on 1 side caused by cerebral AVM can result in an increase in the CCA ED ratio comparable to that of carotid axis occlusion.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging