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Is it safe for someone with a brain avm to engage in moderate physical exercise, for example brisk walking?

Is it safe for someone with a brain avm to engage in moderate physical exercise, for example brisk walking?

Brain AVM: Exercise is safe for patients with brain arteriovenous malformations if there are no associated brain aneurysms and there are no high venous pressures or venous constrictions. See a cerebrovascular neurosurgeon to obtain clearance for exercise. ...Read more

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Arteriovenous Malformation (Definition)

Is an abnormal connection and proliferation of the connection ...Read more


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My mom was diagnosed with a avm brain tumor; what exactly is in it?

My mom was diagnosed with a avm brain tumor; what exactly is in it?

Vascular malform.: An arteriovascular malformation is not a cancer or a true tumor. It is a congenital blood vessel malformation that may be only an incidental finding. If very large the avm could bleed, compress nearby brain tissue, or cause epilepsy. The avm is comprised of arteries and veins which connect directly and abnormally. ...Read more

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Living with a Brain Tumor (Checklist)

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Have disc bulge l4-5 causing sciatica but because had brain surgery to remove a haematoma on brain caused by avm 4 months ago can't take painkillers?

Have disc bulge l4-5 causing sciatica but because had brain surgery to remove a haematoma on brain caused by avm 4 months ago can't take painkillers?

3 good spine txs:: 1) Exercise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20zybMbnVoU 2) Medication, ie gabapentin http://www.spine-health.com/forum/pain/sciatica-leg-pain-radiculopathy/gabapentin-sciatic-nerve-pain 3) Epidural injection https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqL9gzVkAJQ ...Read more

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Best procedure to treat brain avm?

Best procedure to treat brain avm?

Depends on AVM: Treatment options depend on the size, location/eloquence of brain involved, venous drainage pattern. Options include surgical resection with or without embolization, embolization alone for possibly very small lesions, radiosurgery, or observation. There are some lesions, even in this day and age, that are essentially inoperable. All avm patients need an MRI and angiogram then neurosurgeon eval. ...Read more

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I had a brain avm removed 11 years ago & now have encephalomalacia which has seemed to get bigger over the years and causes seizures, is that normal?

I had a brain avm removed 11 years ago & now have encephalomalacia which has seemed to get bigger over the years and causes seizures, is that normal?

Not uncommon: AVM can cause focal seizures and secondarily generalized seizures. Sometimes seizures occur years after surgery. Often seizures are well controlled with a single anticonvulsant ...Read more

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Best procedure to treat brain avm?

Depends on AVM: Treatment options depend on the size, location/eloquence of brain involved, venous drainage pattern. Options include surgical resection with or without embolization, embolization alone for possibly very small lesions, radiosurgery, or observation. There are some lesions, even in this day and age, that are essentially inoperable. All avm patients need an MRI and angiogram then neurosurgeon eval. ...Read more

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My boyfriend (22) is in coma (brain avm). Nurse asked a yes/no question and if it was yes, to blink. He blinked. Does this mean he's waking up?

My boyfriend (22) is in coma (brain avm). Nurse asked a yes/no question and if it was yes, to blink. He blinked. Does this mean he's waking up?

Its a start: The following of commands is a key milestone in the awakening from coma. This is because it demonstrates that messages are getting in to the patient, being processed and interpreted and then being acted upon. This rudimentary following of commands is a start, and hopefully more complex activity will follow. ...Read more

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How do exercise my fingers after brain avm?

How do exercise my fingers after brain avm?

Depends: What are your clinical symptoms? Weakness? Would see a physical therapist for specific therapy although hand stretching and squeezing exercises might help. ...Read more

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Is it safe for someone with a brain avm to engage in moderate physical exercise, for example brisk walking?

Brain AVM: Exercise is safe for patients with brain arteriovenous malformations if there are no associated brain aneurysms and there are no high venous pressures or venous constrictions. See a cerebrovascular neurosurgeon to obtain clearance for exercise. ...Read more

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What's the chance of having brain avm if I have cognitive dysfunction?

Rare: Arteriovenous malformations occur in about 0.14% of the population. In an avm, arterial blood flows directly into draining veins. There is no brain parenchyma within the nidus or center of the avm. Hemorrhage and seizures are the most common symptoms. ...Read more

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I had a brain avm removed 11 years ago & now have encephalomalacia which has seemed to get bigger over the years and causes seizures, is that normal?

Not uncommon: AVM can cause focal seizures and secondarily generalized seizures. Sometimes seizures occur years after surgery. Often seizures are well controlled with a single anticonvulsant ...Read more

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Have iron defiency anemia. My grandson had a brain avm that ruptured. Could I have an undiagnosed avm that causes this?

Have iron defiency anemia. My grandson had a brain avm that ruptured. Could I have an  undiagnosed  avm that causes this?

Unlikely: Its unlikely that your anemia is related to avm. If your grandson had an avm he was likely born with it. There are certain types of avms that run in families but other family members are usually affected. ...Read more

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Had blood clot removed from brain from avm, four months ago, how should I feel now?

Had blood clot removed from brain from avm, four months ago, how should I feel now?

May take some time: Be patient, as any brain surgical procedure is indeed major surgery, and it could take 6-12 months to feel fully back to normal. The blood clot can potentially cause damage that will reverse, but the brain needs to have time to develop new pathways and connections, and your new coping patterns may need rehabilitation to fully succeed. Go easy on yourself, you will get better. ...Read more

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What are the recovery rates of a ruptured avm (brain)?

What are the recovery rates of a ruptured avm (brain)?

Depends: The recovery rate for a ruptured avm varies. It is dependent on the amount of damage caused by the bleed. For example, is it near the motor areas or the areas that control speech/language. Furthermore, was surgery done? There is an increased risk of re-bleed after the first bleed (6%/yr vs 3%/yr). A second or third bleed could be a significant set back and could slow the recovery. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a brain aneurysm and avm?

Multiple differences: Brain aneurysms occur at the junction of vessels at the base of the brain and are like a balloon or sac. These are under high pressure and can rupture leading to high mortality and morbidity. Brain avms occur with about 1/10th the frequency.These are a tangle of arteries and veins, where the blood from the arteries goes straight into the veins. These can also bleed and lead to serious problems. ...Read more

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My mom was diagnosed with a avm brain tumor; what exactly is in it?

Vascular malform.: An arteriovascular malformation is not a cancer or a true tumor. It is a congenital blood vessel malformation that may be only an incidental finding. If very large the avm could bleed, compress nearby brain tissue, or cause epilepsy. The avm is comprised of arteries and veins which connect directly and abnormally. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my mom was diagnosed with a avm brain tumor what exactly is it?

Should i be concerned if my mom was diagnosed with a avm brain tumor what exactly is it?

Not too much: Arterio-venous-malformation [avm] is a congenital abnormality in the blood vessels of the brain.. Very rarely there is a familial condition manifested clinical by this type of abnormalities... ...Read more