Publications by authors named "Florian F Schuchardt"

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Dural Arteriovenous Fistula Formation Secondary to Cerebral Venous Thrombosis: Longitudinal Magnetic Resonance Imaging Assessment Using 4D-Combo-MR-Venography.

Thromb Haemost 2021 Mar 3. Epub 2021 Mar 3.

Department of Neuroradiology, Medical Center-University of Freiburg, Faculty of Medicine, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany.

Background And Purpose:  Dural arteriovenous fistulae (DAVFs) can develop secondary to cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT). The incidence of DAVF has not yet been investigated prospectively.

Methods:  Between July 2012 and January 2018, combined static and dynamic 4D MR venography (4D-combo-MRV) was performed in 24 consecutive patients at diagnosis of CVT and after 6 months. 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging with time of flight and contrast-enhanced magnetization-prepared rapid acquisition with gradient echo were performed at baseline to evaluate the extent of thrombosis and affected vessel segments. Baseline and follow-up 4D-combo-MRV were assessed for signs of DAVF. Interrater reliability of DAVF detection and the extent of recanalization were analyzed with kappa statistics.

Results:  DAVFs were detected in 4/30 CVT patients (13.3%, 95% confidence interval [CI] 3.3-26.7). Two of 24 patients (8.3%, 95% CI: 0-20.8) had coincidental DAVF with CVT on admission. At follow-up, de novo formation of DAVF following CVT was seen in 2/24 patients (8.3%, 95% CI: 0-20.8). Both de novo DAVFs were low grade and benign fistulae (Cognard type 1, 2a), which had developed at previously thrombosed segments. Endovascular treatment was required in two high degree lesions (Cognard 2a + b) detected at baseline and in one de novo DAVF (Cognard 1) because of debilitating headache and tinnitus. Thrombus load, vessel recanalization, and frequency of cerebral lesions (hemorrhage, ischemia) were not associated with DAVF occurrence.

Conclusion:  This exploratory study showed that de novo DAVF formation occurs more frequently than previously described. Although de novo DAVFs were benign, 75% of all detected DAVFs required endovascular treatment. Therefore, screening for DAVF by dynamic MRV, such as 4D-combo-MRV, seems worthwhile in CVT patients.
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March 2021

Hemodynamics of cerebral veins analyzed by 2d and 4d flow mri and ultrasound in healthy volunteers and patients with multiple sclerosis.

J Magn Reson Imaging 2020 01 17;51(1):205-217. Epub 2019 May 17.

Faculty of Medicine, University of Freiburg, Germany.

Background: Hemodynamic alterations of extracranial veins are considered an etiologic factor in multiple sclerosis (MS). However, ultrasound and MRI studies could not confirm a pathophysiological link. Because of technical challenges using standard diagnostics, information about the involvement of superficial intracranial veins in proximity to the affected brain in MS is scarce.

Purpose: To comprehensively investigate the hemodynamics of intracranial veins and of the venous outflow tract in MS patients and controls.

Study Type: Prospective.

Population: Twenty-eight patients with relapsing-remitting MS (EDSS1.9 ± 1.1; range 0-3) and 41 healthy controls.

Field Strength/sequence: 3T/2D phase-contrast and time-resolved 4D flow MRI, extra- and transcranial sonography.

Assessment: Hemodynamics within the superficial and deep intracranial venous system and outflow tract including the internal, basal, and great cerebral vein, straight, superior sagittal, and transverse sinuses, internal jugular and vertebral veins. Sonography adhered to the chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) criteria.

Statistical Tests: Multivariate repeated measure analysis of variance, Student's two-sample t-test, chi-square, Fisher's exact test; separate analysis of the entire cohort and 32 age- and sex-matched participants.

Results: Multi- and univariate main effects of the factor group (MS patient vs. control) and its interactions with the factor vessel position (lower flow within dorsal superior sagittal sinus in MS, 3 ± 1 ml/s vs. 3.8 ± 1 ml/s; P < 0.05) in the uncontrolled cohort were attributable to age-related differences. Age- and sex-matched pairs showed a different velocity gradient in a single segment within the deep cerebral veins (great cerebral vein, vena cerebri magna [VCM] 7.6 ± 1.7 cm/s; straight sinus [StS] 10.5 ± 2.2 cm/s vs. volunteers: VCM 9.2 ± 2.3 cm/s; StS 10.2 ± 2.3 cm/s; P = 0.01), reaching comparable velocities instantaneously downstream. Sonography was not statistically different between groups.

Data Conclusion: Consistent with previous studies focusing on extracranial hemodynamics, our comprehensive analysis of intracerebral venous blood flow did not reveal relevant differences between MS patients and controls. Level of Evidence 1. Technical Efficacy Stage 3. J. Magn. Reson. Imaging 2020;51:205-217.
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January 2020