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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 1238--1241

Spinal Epidural Venous Plexus Enlargement as a Cause of Neurologic Symptoms: Vascular Anatomy and MRI Findings

1 Second Department of Clinical Radiology, Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
2 Department of Neurosurgery, Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
3 Department of Neurology, Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

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Dr. Edyta Maj
Second Department of Clinical Radiology, Medical University of Warsaw, Ul. Banacha 1A, 02-097 Warsaw
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DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.294546

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Pathology of the spinal venous system, unlike that of the spinal arterial system, is rarely considered as a possible cause of clinical symptoms. As the imaging features of the spinal venous anatomy and its diseases are not well-known, related pathologies may be overlooked or misdiagnosed. The major noninvasive technique enabling optimal visualization of spinal venous plexuses is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). We report MRI findings from three cases of spinal venous plexus engorgement of different etiologies that resulted in neurologic symptoms, including radiculopathy and/or back pain. These cases are discussed in the context of the relevant anatomic and pathophysiologic background.


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