Juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma in association with arteriovenous malformation

Maryam Soltanolkotabi*, S. E. Schoeneman, A. J. Dipatri, M. C. Hurley, S. A. Ansari, V. Rajaram, T. Tomita, A. Shaibani

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Pilocytic astrocytomas are highly vascular, relatively common primary brain tumors in the pediatric population, but their association with a true arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is extremely rare. We describe an eight-year-old girl with a right supratentorial juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma (WHO grade I) with an angiographically documented AVM entangled in the tumor mass who presented with intracranial hemorrhage due to a ruptured anterior choroidal artery pseudoaneurysm encased in the lesion. The AVM nidus as well as the hemorrhage site was embolized with Onyx. A literature review revealed only one previous report of a true intermixture of these two lesions. We hypothesize whether the association of vascular malformations and primary brain tumors are merely coincidental or if they point to the existence of a distinct entity and/or a common etiologic factor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)140-147
Number of pages8
JournalInterventional Neuroradiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2012


  • Arteriovenous malformation
  • Juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma
  • Onyx

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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