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how do arteriovenous malformations damage the brain and spinal cord?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 41 years experience
Hemorrhage: Most of the damage of an arteriovenous malformation occurs when the blood vessel or vessels are spontaneously ruptured and bleed into the brain, causing pressure and damage to the brain. The same can occur with an av malformation in the brain stem or spine.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Multiple ways: The avm can compress nearby tissue and cause a stroke, or interfere with blood flow and also create tissue damage. If rupture occurs there can be a subarachnoid hemorrhage, with both local and more widespread problems. Brain avm's may cause seizures. Small avm's are unlikely to be an issue, but rarely, the ones in the spinal cord can cause paralysis.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Does "pregnant brain" exist?

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Dr. M Gray-Swain
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Maybe: Many pregnant women feel like their emotions, ability to concentrate, ability to prioritize and memory are all effected in pregnancy. The hormonal changes in the brain during pregnancy are significant. I encouraged women to raise these concerns with their doctor at a routine visit. I encourage them to be specific in what seems different so we can determine if it normal or not.
A 40-year-old member asked:

The doctor said not to worry about the funny shape of my baby's head. But doesn't this cause pressure on the brain?

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Dr. Alan Greene
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Pediatrics 34 years experience
No: One of my babies had quite the cone head! during birth, a baby's skull bones may mold to allow passage of the head through the birth canal, which can affect the shape of a baby's skull. Molding is normal and has no effect on the developing brain. Over time, the skull grows and the shape of the head fixes itself. Other causes? More info: http://www.Drgreene.Com/qa/craniosynostosis.
A 19-year-old female asked:

I feel like I could have a brain tumor, how much would it cost to have a test done to see? I have medicaid and i'm in texas.

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
Insurance covers: Get seen by your primary doctor and she will order to proper test (e.g. Mri, ct) for you. If medically indicated tests are 'covered' under medicaid.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can you inform me about whole brain irradiation?

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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology 17 years experience
Prophylactic: Whole brain irradiation is often used as a prophylactic treatment for patients who have been diagnosed with a cancer that has a high rate of metastasis to the brain. The idea is to prevent the growth of metastases that are too small to be seen.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Is deep brain stimulation suggested for Parkinson's disease?

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Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Yes: It is more successful than creating lesions within the brain. It is especially good in younger onset patients- yet can be placed in middle age patients. The location of the stimulation is what the neurosurgeon will determine to achieve the best benefit. Look for a specialist in functional neurosurgery.
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
You work with your neurosurgeon and neurologist to achieve the best results. This is a cooperative effort. Choose specialists with experience and a team that communicates well
May 28, 2014

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