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Mehtap Erdogan, Mehtap Erdogan*, Keziban Karacan, Alper Karacan and Ayla Tekin Orha
1 Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Kocaeli University, Turkey
2 Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine,Sakarya University, Turkey, Email:
Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Sakarya University, Turkey
3 Department of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, Kocaeli University, Turkey
*Correspondence: Mehtap Erdogan, Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Kocaeli University, Turkey, Tel: +90(553)1124746, Email:

Citation: Erdogan M, et al. Moyamoya Disease in a Turkish Woman: A Case Illustration. Ann Med Health Sci Res. 2021;11:1352-1355.

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The etiology of Moyamoya Disease (MMD) is unknown. It is a cerebrovascular disease which is caused by occlusion or stenosis and can be diagnosed by angiographic methods. Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA) is the gold standard for diagnosis, especially in cases with mild stenosis and few collateral lesions. The causes of this disease are unknown; it is usually associated with congenital or tumoral defects. This disease is more common in the yellow race, especially woman in Japan. Its prevalence is low in countries other than Japan. The high prevalence of the disease in Japan has given it its name from Japanese. Moyamoya; Meaning of Japanese means smoke dispersing in the air.

The veins in the appearance of smoke scattering in the air giving the name of Moyamoya are, in fact, perforating arteries which are enlarged and angiographically visible to form collateral pathways due to stenosis. The first symptoms in Moyamoya may occur in various forms, including recurrent headache, epilepsy, acute hemiplegia. The clinical picture varies between children and adults. Ischemia in children and early hemorrhage in adults. Angiography is accepted as the gold standard for diagnosis of MMD. The criteria for angiographic diagnosis of MMD have been determined by the Research Committee for Progressive Obstructive Diseases of Circle of Willis of the Ministry of Health of Japan.

In this article, a 38-year-old female patient, who was admitted to the emergency department with complaints of severe headache and vomiting two years ago and whose hemorrhage areas were detected and discharged with conservative treatment, was admitted to the emergency department with sudden onset hemiparesis, nausea, vomiting and left hemiparesis. We present a case of MMD diagnosed in a 38-yearold female patient presenting with right capsula interna crus posterior and basal core hemorrhage on Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) images.


Angiography; Hemorrhage; Hemiparasi; Moyamoya; Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA)


MMD is a chronic cerebrovascular disease that characterized by progressive stenosis or occlusion at the distal ends of internal carotis artery bilaterally. [1-3]

For the first time in history, the case thought to be MMD was described by Kudo in 1956. [4] In 1957, Takeuchi and Shimizu talked about the structural change in the internal carotid arteries in a male case. [5] In 1964, Nishimoto described the disease in detail, and from that date until 1969 it was called Nishimoto’s disease. [6] The name moyamoya”, which means cigarette smoke spreading in the air, was given by Suzuki in 1969 and this name was generally accepted. [5]

Collateral vessels develop slowly from the distal region of the occlusion to compensate for the resulting occlusion. This abnormal form of revascularization creates an appearance similar to cigarette smoke dispersed in the air on angiography. The disease takes its name from this image of cigarette smoke because moyamoya in Japanese means cigarette smoke. [7]

Anterior cerebral circulation is affected in MMD. [8] Moyamoya syndrome, which is accompanied by some tumoral and genetic diseases, is most common in Japan, especially in women. [9]

While more hemorrhagic findings are seen in the adult type, ischemic symptoms are at the forefront in pediatric cases. [10,11]

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) and Diffusion Cerebral Angiography (DSA) are used for diagnosis. [12]

The treatment of this disease, which generally holds the brain areas bilaterally, is surgery in the acute stage and conservative in the chronic stage. The goal of treatment is to minimize the possibility of hemorrhage and prevent ischemic symptoms. However, since the etiopathogenesis of the disease is not clearly known, a complete treatment method to stop pathological progression is not yet available. Morbidity is more than 70% in untreated moyamoya patients. [13]

Case Report

A 38-year-old woman who applied to the emergency clinic with the complaints of severe headache and vomiting approximately two years ago, hemorrhage areas were detected, and conservative treatment was applied and discharged [Figure 1]. It was learned those two years after this event, hemiparesis started suddenly in the left half of the body. After brain Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) Digital Cerebral Angiography (DSA) was requested from the patient with suspicious bleeding areas at the level of the right capsular interna crus posterior and right basal nuclei. In DSA [Figure 2], bilateral (ICA) pars petrosa was markedly calibrated, with colleterals of left ICA pars supracavernosa and right External Carotis Artery (ECA) and posterior flow through arteria communicans anterior and posterior.

Figure 1:Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) imaging. A) Right capsular interna crus posterior and B) Hemorrhage into the ventricle at the level of the right putamen.

Figure 2:Coronal (C) and sagittal (D) DSA images show collateral vascular structures due to anterior and middle cerebral artery occlusions.

Right ICA pars supracavernosa and arteria communicans posterior dextra were not observed, arteria cerebri media dextra (MCA) was poorly observed through the arteria communicans anterior. Bilateral ICA pars supraclinoidea compatible with MMD, late filling in MCA, and smoky appearance in lenticulostriate artery localization was observed. Bilateral arteria cerebri anterior was not observed. It was observed that arteria ophtalmica sinistra and arteria orbitofrontalis and arteria pericallosae, both of the arteria cerebri posterior and arteria cerebellaris superioriores, were filled.


Moyamoya disease is a disease that causes multiple perforating anastomoses around Circle of Willis, the etiology of which is not fully known. [14,15] The annual prevalence of MMD in Japan, whose 90% of its incidence is made up of Japanese patients worldwide, is 3.16/100,000. [16] However, in recent years, the prevalence of MMD in different countries has also increased in non-Asian populations. [17]

The disease is predominantly seen in women. MMD; It is named according to the diagnosis period, as early (5-15 years old) and late (35-50). [18] Our case of women presented in this study; Being diagnosed at age 38, she is in the late MMD class.

Stenosis or complete occlusion in the terminal part of the ICA in MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiography) in an idiopathic moyamoya case; there are narrowing or complete occlusions in the proximal parts of the anterior cerebral artery and middle cerebral artery and abnormal vascular networks at the level of the basal ganglia, as in our case. [19]

In Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging in MMD; Oxygen Extraction Fraction (OEF) increased and cerebral blood volume decreased. [20] In parallel with this information, in our moyamoya case we presented, a decrease in cerebral volume and an increase in OEF was found in PET radiography taken before DSA.

Diagnostic standard in MMD is DSA. In angiography; stenosis or complete occlusion of distal ICA vessels, indistinct proximal parts of the anterior and middle cerebral arteries, welldeveloped moyamoya vessels in the basal parts of the brain, collaterals between cortical arteries or between cortical arteries and leptomeningeal arteries can be detected. [21] In our case, in all radiological imaging performed before DSA, proximal parts of the anterior and middle cerebral arteries were indistinct and hematoma areas at the level of the basal ganglia were present. ICA occlusions and a large number of small collateral vascular network images were detected in DSA imaging. Definitive diagnosis made after DSA. Moyamoya should definitely be considered in the differential diagnosis if there is bilateral internal carotid artery distal anterior and middle cerebral artery stenosis in cerebral angiography imaging. Since collateral vascular structures called Moyamoya vessels cannot be demonstrated in CT and MR angiography, DSA must be performed in the diagnosis of Moyamoya patients. Our case was diagnosed with DSA, similar to the literature.

The primary goal of MMD treatment is to increase cerebral blood flow and decrease intracranial pressure. Intervention may be required for hematoma evacuation and ventricular drainage Thrombolytic therapy is not recommended in MMD cases with ischemic stroke to prevent rupture due to the tendency of collaterals to bleed. [22] In our case; Left ischemic hemiparesis developed due to impaired cerebral blood flow. Therefore, to our patient; First applied in 1972 even though the application of superficial temporal artery and middle cerebral artery anastomosis technique; [23] direct intervention was abandoned due to the reduction of ischemic symptoms and Intracranial Pressure (ICP).


In our case report study, although it is very rare in our country, it is necessary to be careful about MMD in addition to conservative treatment in resistant headaches, young age haemorrhage cases, MMD can be seen in our country and after conservative treatment, and we wanted to remind him to be warned about coming to the controls. If there is bilateral internal carotid artery distal and anterior cerebral artery and media involvement in cerebral angiography images, Moyamoya should definitely be considered in the differential diagnosis and should be confirmed by DSA.

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