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Injuries to the dural venous sinuses can lead to a variety of potentially devastating complications and are often unrecognized in the initial evaluation of a patient with complex head trauma. In this article, we briefly review dural venous sinus anatomy and anatomic variations. We aim to present various mechanisms of dural venous sinus injury and to propose categories of venous compression, occlusion, hemorrhagic venous infarct, and fistula formation. Knowledge of dural venous sinus anatomy and pathomechanisms of injury will aid the radiologist in prompt recognition of venous injury, regardless of whether imaging was tailored for the evaluation of the dural venous sinuses.

Learning Objective: Briefly review dural venous sinus anatomy and describe the imaging appearance and pathomechanisms of traumatic injury to the intracranial dural venous sinuses.
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Keywords: CCF = caroticocavernous fistula; DVS = dural venous sinus; dAVF = dural arteriovenous fistula

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2019

This article was made available online on July 17, 2019 as a Fast Track article with title: "Traumatic Injury to the Dural Venous Sinuses: A Review of Imaging Findings and Patterns of Injury".

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  • Neurographics is the peer-reviewed, bimonthly educational journal of the American Society of Neuroradiology. The journal comprises articles selected from material presented at the ASNR Annual Meeting. Neurographics also publishes other high-quality submissions that are primarily educational and have a high emphasis on a pictorial approach. Neurographics offers CME credit for reading review articles and completing quiz-based self-assessment activities. CME credit for review articles may be claimed up to 3 years after an article's publication date. Visit to view all available CME courses.
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