AJP Rep 2012; 02(01): 019-022
DOI: 10.1055/s-0031-1300966
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Successful Embolization of a Large Vein of Galen Malformation in a Premature Infant Presenting with Congestive Heart Failure and Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension

Ashraf M. Aly
1   Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Children’s Hospital, Galveston, Texas
Clarisa Y. Garcia
2   Primary Children’s Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Rudiger von Ritschl
3   Division of Neuroradiology, Children’s Hospital, 301 University Boulevard, Galveston, Texas
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06 October 2011

Publication Date:
30 January 2012 (online)


We report a case of a premature infant with a vein of Galen malformation (VGM) who presented with high-output heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, and respiratory distress. An echocardiogram showed normal cardiac anatomy, patent ductus arteriosus, and retrograde flow in the descending aorta. Ultrasonography and computed tomography of head confirmed the diagnosis of a large VGM. The patient developed multiorgan failure. Endovascular embolization of the VGM was successfully performed with an excellent outcome.

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