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A Vascular Malformation
Common and benign: Cavernous malformations, or cavernous angiomas, or cavernomas, are a type of vascular abnormality of the central nervous system. They consist of a cluster of abnormal, dilated vessels. People are typically born with a tendency to have develop them, but are usually benign and most everyone do not have any symptoms, but some may have headaches or neurologic symptoms, and should see a neurologist. ...Read more
Abnormal vessels: Vascular malformation is a general term that includes congenital (=present at birth) vascular anomalies of veins, lymph vessels, arteries or combination of them. For example malformations that include arteries and veins such as where arteries connected directly to veins without any capillaries in between are called arteriovenous malformations (avms). ...Read more
ABNORMAL ART OR VEIN: A vascular malformation usually called avm (arterial venous malformation) is usually do to a congenital or traumatic abnormal connection between an artery and a vein. It can also involve lymphatic channels. Pain is caused by nerve irritation as it enlargers or due to asymmetry that occurs as it grows. There are many treatments for avm's including sclerotherapy, embolization and surgery. ...Read more
Can a vascular malformation cause a hard blanchable lesion that's 10mm length x 6mm width on hard palate near the midline of palate?
Probably not: Usually a hard bony lesion at the midline of your palate is a benign mass called a 'palatal torus'. They can also be found on the insides of the lower jaw by the tongue. If it has grown rapidly, or is painful, you may want to have it checked by your dental professional. Vascular lesions are usually soft and slightly moveable instead of hard and fixed. Either way, check with your dentist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How rare is a vascular malformation in a bone (tibia). If confirmed diagnosis- should there be concern of any other vascular malformations anywhere?
1 in 100, 000 or less: Hi KSmith18. Vascular malformations are relatively rare in general, and cause the most problems when they are in the brain. Some noticeable in childhood resolve on their own. In the bone, they can cause pathological fractures and sometimes pain. And yes, some concern about others, but I believe the genetics is complex. Genetic counselling programs might give you more comprehensive answers. :) ...Read more
I have a lesion in the right temporo-occipital that are likely covernoma vascular malformation. What does it mean and is it harmful?
Usually unharmful: Cavernous malformations or cavernomas, are a type of vascular abnormality of the central nervous system, consisting of a cluster of abnormal, dilated vessels. People are typically born with a tendency to develop them, but are usually benign and most everyone do not have any symptoms. They are usually not harmful and have a very small risk of bleeding usually on range of 1-2% per year. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a biopsy of a lesion on hard palate. Doc said its a vascular malformation after biopsy came back. Should I get a second opinion?
How accurate is a biopsy? I hav a lesion that is 10mm length x 6mm width on my hard palate been there almost a yr doc said its a vascular malformation
Very accurate: A biopsy that is properly done is very accurate, and you should have great confidence in your diagnosis. But, it is only accurate for the exact time and status of the lesion when the biopsy was performed. Some biopsies may be inconclusive, or the lesion may mature into some other presentation over time. Be sure that you follow up with your physician or dentist with regular checkups to follow it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
14yr son had tibia bone excision for what was thought an osteoid osteoma. Path came back as vascular malformation. What does this mean? Concerns?
Had a biopsy of a lesion on the hard palate, doc said results were vascular malformation, lesion came back n mouth after healing, should I be concern?
I have a small vascular malformation in my right frontal lobe which bled mildly in 2007. Since then it has grown only slightly from 3mm to 4mm (last MRI was in Oct 2014.) However, I have had a nearly 6 weeklong headache localized in my right forehead that
Check EEG: Right frontal AVMs can produce peduncular hallucinations due to seizures that may worsen with Geodon (ziprasidone) (which lowers the seizure threshold) Methylphenidate also lowers the seizure threshold. (as does ECT) Paranoia may respond to seizure meds if due to sub clinical seizures. (Interictal seizure activity may be difficult to see on the EEG if the frontal lobe lesion is near the under surface. ...Read more
Can MRI/X-RAY of the arm miss a small sarcoma? Both show normal, no mass, fluid build up, aneurysm, or vascular malformation in area & vessels. Now what
My daughter was born with a malformation on her ear, they think it is vascular but are not sure as they say none of them have seen such a thing before?
My daughter was born with a malformation on her ear drum. She had MRI & CT but they say they have never seen this before and think its vascular?
Hard to say: It is hard to comment on such a specific issue without examining the ear drum and having the studies in hand. The ear drum is occasionally involved in vascular malformation syndromes like sturge weber sequence where it remains populated with an overgrowth of dilated capillaries that make it always appear very red. Other issues would require more info. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you tell me if there are other ways to detect vascular or neural abnormalities in the head other than a CT scan or brain mr?
Those are good: Mri really is best at evaluating for neural or vascular abnormalities. With contrast, they can do an mra (mr angiogram). One alternative would be a traditional angiogram where a catheter is inserted into a major vessel that goes to the brain and dye can be injected (much more invasive than an mra). That can see vascular abnomalies, but not neural isseus. ...Read more
Incomplete question: This site can provide valuable incite for many issues if you use it properly. When you submit a question, you must provide enough background information for site docs to review. Like what malformation you are talking about. This is not a chat room, so any question must be complete, We do not have access to any previous question or data you use to sign up. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers