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Pillcam report: multiple AVMs + erythema in small bowel. Lymphoid hyperplasia distal s/b. Cecum erythema/AVM as well. Can't get in to discuss this w/GI for weeks. Can someone help translate findings?
Abnormal findings: Basically what you have are multiple tortuous veins/arteries in your colon They are abnormal because they are veins connected directly to arteries; usually separated by capillaries. These are called AVMs (arteriovenous malformations). They have increased risk of bleeding. As long as you are not having blood in your stools you should be okay. Also lymphoid hyperplasia is just reactive changes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Visualize: Many arteriovenous malformations (avm) are on the surface and can be seen. Others can be deep, and/or large and may make noise(bruit) or affect limb size, create secondary symptoms-heart failure. The usual small ones of childhood may resorb or shrink over time. Others may need intervention or surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: Avm is arterial venous malformation. I assume you are concerned about this in the brain. Large ones near the surface can be treated by direct removal. Directed emboli can close off feeders. Directed radiation can shrink some. Deep lying types often need to be left alone. Genetic types can be multiple including in the kidneys. In children they can cause heart failure and seizures. ...Read more
Yes but not likely: Dizziness, ringing in the ears, and nausea are the the primary symptoms of meniere's disease. This disease is more common than aterio venous malformations. Nevertheless an avm which is located in certain areas of the brain could reproduce some of these symptoms but the common causes are more likely. ...Read more
Brain vessels: Both are potential sources of brain bleed. Avm is an abnormal tangle of brain blood vessels connecting from artery to vein, aneurysm is an outpouching or bubble on an artery with a weak wall. Both can rupture. Both are treated by neurosurgeons or other cerebrovascular specialists. Sometimes an aneurysm can form on the feeder vessel of an avm. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Complex question: Surgery for AVM often depends on location, compression, prior bleeding or seizures, and risk of future strokes or hemorrhage. Some AVM's do affect memory circuits, and successful treatment may effect improvement. Best to do pre-operative neuro-psych testing, and assess current effects. ...Read more
Congenital: Cerebral avms are a "tangle" of arteries and veins that a person is born with. These can present with associated neurologic symptoms (weakness) or seizures. There is about a 3% risk of bleeding per year that is cumulative. Treatment can be multimodality and includes embolization, surgery and radiation. The risks of treatment depend on size and location of the avm. ...Read more
My husband has a spinal AVM born with it. What's the main risk with this? I know it's serious they said his had bled
Are avm common in adults that were born prematurly? I am 25 now was born at 51/2 months and want to get pregnant soon but afraid I have a unknown avm
No: Avms of the brain are not seen with increased frequency in premature babies as they become adults. The incidence is estimated at 1/100, 000/year. Relatively infrequent occurrence. Unless you have persistent headaches, seizures, or a neurologic deficit that would necessitate an MRI (which would rule in or out the presence of an avm). The fear of having one should be lessened as you try for pregna. ...Read more
I had avm surgery (head) about 5 years ago. I am experiencing heaviness and some times pain on the right side of my head where the old operated side .
Not necessarily: It's true that ssri-type antidepressants are linked with slightly increased risk of bleeding -- most often in the GI tract, and especially when combined with Aspirin or nsaids. Personally, i've seen one woman develop a petechial skin rash when she added baby Aspirin to prozac (fluoxetine). But there is little evidence linking ssri's to intracerebral bleeding. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15794724. ...Read more
AVM or AVN?: Avn refers to loss of blood supply to a part of a joint and damage that can lead to collapse of bone and joint destruction, it can involve any joint, most commonly hip, knee or shoulder. In avn exercise limitations depend on the joint involved and the stage of the damage. Avm is an arteriovenous malformation, some can be of minimal clinical significance and others, (brain) can be deadly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Where the avm was, how large it was, and what problems it was causing you. In the lung, avms can result in large amounts of blood being shunted through the lung without oxygen. Embolization or radio surgery can close these shunts which might improve exercise tolerance. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers