Ugeskr Læger 2017;179:V02170169
Dural arteriovenous fistula is a rare, but treatable cause of transverse myelitis
This is a case report of a 60-year-old male admitted on suspicion of relapse of idiopathic transverse myelitis (TM), who after further diagnostic workup underwent successful closure of a dural arteriovenous fistula (DAVF). Magnetic resonance imaging in DAVF usually shows longitudinal TM, which, unlike DAVF, is also seen with the more common inflammatory or infectious causes usually showing inflammation in the cerebrospinal fluid. The natural history of DAVF is progressive. Since curable options exist, timely diagnosis is most important.