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FAQs: Everything You Need to Know About Arteriovenous Malformation

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An arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is a rare condition that affects roughly 1% of the American population. Although small, it’s a serious condition that must be treated. In simple terms, arteriovenous malformation occurs when your blood vessels, arteries, and veins are tangled. These three parts of your body have incredibly important roles to complete, but AVM makes these roles very difficult. Keep reading to learn more about arteriovenous malformation:

What causes arteriovenous malformations and where do they normally develop?

AVMs are normally congenital, meaning you are born with this condition. Fortunately, it is not something that is hereditary, so you don’t need to worry about passing it to your children. Usually, AVMs are found most often in the brain and spine. However, it can occur anywhere in the body.

What are symptoms of a brain arteriovenous malformation?

Symptoms of a brain arteriovenous malformation can range from mild to severe. For example, you may experience frequent headaches, seizures, muscle weakness in one part of the body, paralysis, vision loss, difficulty speaking, or severe unsteadiness.

When should I see a doctor about a brain AVM?

If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, you should call your doctor immediately. If your AVM is bleeding, you may experience a brain hemorrhage which is life-threatening.

What treatments are available?

After your arteriovenous malformation is diagnosed through a CT scan or MRI, your doctor will establish a treatment plan to effectively treat the issue. The treatment option chosen will depend on the location and size of the AVM. Options include surgery, medical therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, and interventional neuroradiology/endovascular neurosurgery.

How Georgia Neurosurgical Institute Can Help

To treat a brain arteriovenous malformation, you need the best vascular neurosurgeon available. Fortunately, we specialize in these types of conditions and are ready to help you overcome this issue! Don’t hesitate to contact us today with your questions.