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what is the definition or description of: renal arteriovenous malformation?

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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
Renal Arteriovenous: Malformation= a complex tangle of abnormally communicating arteries and veins within the kidney

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If I have a chiari malformation, am I eligible for disability?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
See an expert: A surgical resident i know had a chiari malformation - went to a specialist - had it repaired and now works 80 hours/week with no disability. Obviously, these malformations vary from person to person, but make sure that you are seen by an expert. He was misdiagnosed and almost gave up his dream of a surgical career.
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How long will it take to recover from surgery for a chiari malformation?

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Dr. K.C. Brewington
Neurosurgery 26 years experience
A few weeks: Most are out of the hospital in 1-2 days. You then have to take it easy ( no lifting >10 lbs) for about a month. Expect a stiff neck for a few weeks at least.
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What are the risks of surgery to treat chiari malformation?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Ask ur Neurosurgeon: Many of the complications of decompression surgery have to do with opening the dura and research has shown that opening the dura does increase the complication rate.  there is a risk of infection and sometimes the patch that is sewn in leaks or becomes scarred.  the brain may slump further into the spinal area in the postoperatory or later.
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What will happen to me if I don't have surgery for a chiari malformation?

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Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 39 years experience
Hydrocephalus: Fluid will build up in the ventricular system of the brain with a resultant increase in pressure inside the brain/skull.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the advantages /disadvantages of stereotactic radiosurgery for avm?

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Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 20 years experience
Noninvasive: Advantage: noninvasive disadvantage: it can take several months for it to work, several sessions, risk of causing a cancer, etc. Depending on the size, location, symptoms, etc. Embolization, surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery are some of the ways to treat avm. A consultation with neurosurgeon, neuroradiologist, radiation oncologist can determine, what is the best way to treat your condition.

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