Arteriovenous Malformations

Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM) are defective tangles of arteries and veins that can interfere with circulation in the brain, spinal cord or other parts of the body.  Over time, an AVM can grow larger and lead to tissue damage.   In some cases, the blood vessels may break in the brain causing a stroke.

Symptoms may occur at any age and may include:

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  • Headache
  • Muscle weakness or paralysis in one part of the body
  • Slurred speech
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Memory loss or confusion

Surgical treatments include:

  • Conventional surgery to remove the AVM
  • Endovascular embolization to stop the AVM from expanding
  • Focused radiation