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AVM (Arteriovenous malformation)

A benign vascular lesion characterized by the presence of a complex network of communicating arterial and venous vascular structures

Symptoms of AVM (Arteriovenous malformation)

The following features are indicative of AVM (Arteriovenous malformation):
  • headache
  • epileptic seizures
  • muscle weakness
  • dizziness
  • paralysis
  • numbness
  • dysarthria
  • confusion
  • dementia
It is possible that AVM (Arteriovenous malformation) shows no physical symptoms and still be present in a patient.

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Common Causes of AVM (Arteriovenous malformation)

The following are the most common causes of AVM (Arteriovenous malformation):
  • autosomal dominant diseases
  • hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia

Risk Factors for AVM (Arteriovenous malformation)

The following factors may increase the likelihood of AVM (Arteriovenous malformation):
  • smoking
  • haemorrhagic conditions

Prevention of AVM (Arteriovenous malformation)

No, it is not possible to prevent AVM (Arteriovenous malformation).
  • autoimmune disorder

Occurrence of AVM (Arteriovenous malformation)

Number of Cases

The following are the number of AVM (Arteriovenous malformation) cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Not common between 50K - 500K cases

Common Age Group

AVM (Arteriovenous malformation) most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged between 35-50 years

Common Gender

AVM (Arteriovenous malformation) can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of AVM (Arteriovenous malformation)

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect AVM (Arteriovenous malformation):
  • Computed tomography (CT) brain scan: To detect brain arteriovenous malformations
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scan: To detect brain arteriovenous malformations
  • Cerebral angiogram: To view the pictures of all the blood vessels in the brain and to identify the type of arteriovenous malformations

Doctor for Diagnosis of AVM (Arteriovenous malformation)

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of AVM (Arteriovenous malformation):
  • Vascular neurosurgeons
  • Radiation therapists
  • Interventional neuroradiologists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Endovascular neurosurgeons
  • Stroke neurologists
  • Neuroradiologists

Complications of AVM (Arteriovenous malformation) if untreated

Yes, AVM (Arteriovenous malformation) causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if AVM (Arteriovenous malformation) is left untreated:
  • hemorrhage

Procedures for Treatment of AVM (Arteriovenous malformation)

The following procedures are used to treat AVM (Arteriovenous malformation):
  • Microsurgical resection: To remove the arteriovenous malformation
  • Radiosurgery: Closes the vessels in the lesion

Self-care for AVM (Arteriovenous malformation)

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of AVM (Arteriovenous malformation):
  • Education: Learn enough about arteriovenous malformation to make informed decisions about self care

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of AVM (Arteriovenous malformation)

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of AVM (Arteriovenous malformation):
  • Embolization: To reduce the blood flow through the arteriovenous malformation

Patient Support for Treatment of AVM (Arteriovenous malformation)

The following actions may help AVM (Arteriovenous malformation) patients:
  • Keep close relationships with friends and family: Serves as emotional support
  • Learn enough about brain arteriovenous malformation to make informed decisions about self care: Makes more confident in making treatment decisions
  • Find someone to talk with: Joining the support group may also be helpful

Time for Treatment of AVM (Arteriovenous malformation)

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for AVM (Arteriovenous malformation) to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • More than 1 year

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for AVM (Arteriovenous malformation).

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