Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) is a condition in which abnormal connections form between the arteries and veins most commonly in the brain or spine. This can cause problems with blood flow and may lead to bleeding, stroke, or seizures. AVMs are usually present at birth but may not be diagnosed or cause any symptoms until later in life.
If you have an AVM, it is important to seek evaluation from a healthcare provider who specializes in this condition. The team at Gulf Coast Brain and Spine Center has extensive experience diagnosing and treating AVMs. We offer a comprehensive approach to care that is tailored to each patient’s individual needs. If you would like to learn more about our AVM treatment program, please contact us today.
Gulf Coast Brain and Spine Center specializes in treating complex brain conditions, such as Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM). Our experienced team of neurosurgeons provide specialized care to those with AVM, combining the latest technology and a personalized approach to give patients the best chance of a successful outcome.
In most cases, AVM occurs due to a genetic mutation that affects the development of the circulatory system. In some cases it can also be caused by trauma to the affected area. Treatment options vary depending on location and size of AVM as well as any associated symptoms but typically involve medications such as steroids or anticonvulsants and possible surgical procedures designed to either reduce blood flow to the affected area or remove it completely. For those with small AVM’s, regular monitoring may be advised as they may not require active treatment.
Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM) are a rare medical condition that occurs when abnormal connections form between arteries and veins in the brain or spine. These connections, known as arteriovenous fistulas, bypass the body’s capillary system and create an oxygen-rich environment for nearby tissue. Symptoms of AVM include severe headaches, seizures, vision or hearing loss, numbness/weakness in extremities, and dizziness/headaches due to changes in blood pressure.
It is important to discuss any symptoms you have with your doctor as soon as possible so that any necessary treatments can begin. Early detection is key to successful treatment of AVM and reduces risk for potential complications from untreated AVMs such as stroke or permanent neurological injury.
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