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Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) is a newly described vascular entity. It is characterized by restricted venous outflow from the brain and spinal cord through the internal jugular (IJV) and/or azygos (AZ) veins (Figure 1), or sometimes, through the external vertebral plexuses. (1-5)
Left) Catheter venography of the internal jugular vein in healthy control; Right) Stenosis (arrows) and collateral circles activated in a CCSVI case, both studied by the means of catheter venography.
Clinical Vignette: CCSVI in multiple sclerosis patients
A 41 year old woman, diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, came to our office with the following history. She underwent color Doppler and phlebographic evaluation 3 years ago in an interventional center. The pre-assessment disability score (EDSS), (normal range0 to 10), was 3. The investigation revealed a CCSVI related left IJV stenosis, associated with a color Doppler detectable blocked outflow and linked to an M-mode evident fixed valve apparatus. (14) A PTA was performed leading to an effective IJV widening at 6 month follow up. At the same time the EDSS decreased to 2 and the patient described a clinical improvement of the pre-assessment reported paresthesia and fatigue.
At 1 year follow up the EDSS was 3 again and the patient reported recurrent fatigue that she had been experiencing for several months. Further investigation revealed a CCSVI related left IJV tandem obstruction. At mid cervical level B-mode color Doppler demonstrated an IJV obstruction mirrored by an MRV imaging. In both cases a pencil tip pencil sign was demonstrated (Figure 2). The color Doppler assessment highlighted a left IJV dynamic flow obstacle caused by an extrinsic compression (Figure 2), that could be relieved by yawning.
Top: the arrow in the MRV indicates an obstruction of the left IJV due to external compression. Bottom: left, particular of the tip pencil sign mirrored on the right by the correspondent high-resolution B-mode imaging of the left IJV.
At the caudal level a color Doppler detectable blocked outflow was demonstrated. The flow abnormality was linked to a M-mode evident fixed valve leaflet.
Considering a further PTA pointless, an open surgical access was placed. The macroscopic evidence of the extrinsic stricture, caused by a fibrotic and short OM intermediate tendon on the IJV, lead to the surgical transection of the two muscular bellies. In addition, endophlebectomy of the terminal IJV permitted the removal of a fibrotic septum. The procedure was completed by patch angioplasty by using an autologous great saphenous vein. The patient tolerated the procedure well and neither major nor minor complications were reported.
At 2 years follow up after the surgical operation, the color Doppler assessment detected a persistent and monodirectional physiologic IJV flow, which improved considerably from being absent pre-operatively to the post-procedural 300 ml/min. The a EDSS value remained 1 and the patient did not report any other multiple sclerosis like relapses.
Pathophysiology and diagnosis of CCSVI
Occlusion of the extracranial venous pathways can take various forms, including the presence of intraluminal septa, membranes, and immobile valves, as well as segmentary hypoplasia of the veins. (1-5) Similar intraluminal obstructions and hypoplasia\agenesis have been documented for other malformations of the venous tree. These have been documented with a combination of techniques (intra and extravascular ultrasounds, catheter and MR venography). (6-7)
It is difficult to accurately non-invasively screen for CCSVI, due to the high operator-dependency of echo color Doppler (ECD) sonography techniques. For this reason the reported prevalence of CCSVI measured by the means of ECD is highly heterogeneous in the literature. However this diagnosis may be important to make. Specifically, CCSVI may be associated with neurodegenerative disorders such as multiple sclerosis (MS) – something that has generated considerable scientific controversy, (8-12) A meta-analyses revealed that CCSVI was found mainly in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients (OR 4, 95% CI 1-11), but was also possibly associated to other neurodegenerative diseases. Complicating matter further, it has also been found in healthy controls. (13)
CCSVI and brain pathophysiology
CCSVI appears to strongly influence two pivotal aspects of brain pathophysiology: parenchymal perfusion and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow. CCSVI affects the venous return and MRI studies have shown that it is strongly associated with hypoperfusion of brain parenchyma, (Figure 3). Interestingly, this has consistently been described in multiple sclerosis patients yet the autoimmune theory of the disease cannot explain it. (15-16)
A: MRI perfusion study of the brain in a 33 yo, relapsing remitting, CCSVI-MS patient with score 5 at ECD venous haemodynamics severity score(16-17).B: MRI perfusion study of thebrain in a 38 yo, relapsing remitting, CCSVI-MS patient with score 12 at ECD venous haemodynamics severity score.The dark areas indicate lower perfusion in the patient B with higher restriction of venous outflow.
Furthermore, CCSVI is linked to altered CSF dynamics (17-18), suggesting that intracranial hydrodynamic regulatory mechanism may be impaired in individuals who exhibit CCSVI. CSF is filtered at the capillary level and flows in a closed circuit. The end terminal is represented by the cerebral venous system, which in CCSVI exhibits a hampered outflow. Interestingly, PTA of the jugular and azygous veins improves both CSF flow and velocity as blindly assessed in the brain by the means of 3TMR. (19) Such an effect on CSF dynamics seems particularly relevant because in neurodegenerative disorders CSF reduced flow is inversely related to accumulation of T2 lesions at MRI. (20)
CCSVI and Interventional procedures
PTA of the jugulars and azygous system is considered a safe procedures, whereas the risk is increased if a stent is used.(21-23) Clinical and QoL improvements have been reported in a number of prospective and case control studies following interventional procedures, (24-30) and a double blinded randomized trial is currently enrolling. (31) Read more about venoplasty for multiple sclerosis.
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Mark Walker - Oxfordshire, England. Retired Pharmacist. 12 years of study around MS.
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