Case Report

Role of 3D power Doppler sonography in early prenatal diagnosis of Galen vein aneurysm


  • Mete Ahmet Ergenoglu
  • Ahmet Özgür Yeniel
  • Ali Akdemir
  • Fuat Akercan
  • Nedim Karadadas

Received Date: 21.11.2012 Accepted Date: 12.12.2012 J Turk Ger Gynecol Assoc 2013;14(3):178-181 PMID: 24592100

Vein of Galen aneurysm malformation (VGAM) is a rare congenital vascular anomaly. Although the cause of VGAM remains to be elucidated, the current hypothesis is persistence of the embryonic vascular supply, which leads to progressive enlargement and formation of the aneurysmal component of a typical VGAM. Here, we present a 36-year-old woman at 23 weeks’ gestation (gravida 3, para 2) who was evaluated using 3D power Doppler sonography for the prenatal diagnosis of a vein of Galen aneurysm. Investigation using 3D power Doppler sonography allowed for a non-invasive yet diffuse and detailed prenatal assessment of VGAM. Thus, we suggest that prenatal sonography with 3D power Doppler may be an option in cases of VGAM.

Keywords: Galen vein aneurysm, power Doppler, 3D sonography