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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?

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 more

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Arteriovenous Malformation (Definition)

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


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What is the difference between an avm and an aureysm?

What is the difference between an avm and an aureysm?

Anatomic: An avm or ateriovenous malformation occurs when there is a direct communication between an artery and vien. An aneurysm is a weakening in the wall of an artery which can cause it to enlarge. Avm's can be secondary to trauma, hereditary, and other causes. Aneurysms can be caused by trauma, athrosclerosis, infection, or hereditary. The anatomic location is important. ...Read more

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What are symptoms you have with an avm?

What are symptoms you have with an avm?

Depends on location: Avms can present with hemorrhage or seizure. If the avm is located close to the motor region, they can also present with focal weakness because of ischemia from the "steal" phenomenon associated with the avm. ...Read more

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What symptoms do you have with an avm?

Depends on location: Avms may present with a bleed, which may be manifest as a headache or alteration in level of consciousness. Patients may also present with a seizure. This is from the ischemia to the surrounding brain as most of the blood to the area is going to the avm rather than the brain. Focal motor deficits may occur if the avm causes adjacent brain (motor area) to suffer from a shunting of blood to the avm. ...Read more

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How is an avm diagnosed?

How is an avm diagnosed?

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 more

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What do you recommend if I had a avm removed and still have pain?

What do you recommend if I had a avm removed and still have pain?

Patience.: Unfortunately, removing AVMs only occasionally helps with pain. AVMs are removed to reduce your bleeding risk in the future, not necessarily to help with other symptoms such as pain. That being said, sometimes symptoms such as pain improve with time. If you have concerns, speak with your physician. ...Read more

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Is antidepressants bad if you have an avm?

Is antidepressants bad if you have an avm?

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. But there is little evidence linking ssri's to intracerebral bleeding. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15794724. ...Read more

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What are activities to avoid if I have an avm?

Depends on location: Where the avm is located will dictate any physical restrictions. If it is on your leg or arm, then no real restrictions except to avoid direct trauma to the area. If inside an internal organ, then there may be more restrictions. If it is intracranial, then avoid any contact sports that could injure it and cause bleeding. ...Read more

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How do you locate an avm?

How do you locate an avm?

Radiology: Ct angiogram cerebral angiography mri mr angiography these are all used to locate avm's. ...Read more

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