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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?
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
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
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 more
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
Depends: Depends on the size and also if it was completely excised. If not totally resected it can come back. ...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
Careful evaluation: Spinal AVM need careful evaluation and very specific treatment based on size and location. Risks depends on size, location and proximity to other structures nearby the AVM ...Read more
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 more
Depends: There are a variety of mechanisms that lead to vascular malformations. Some are related to familial predispositions while other are purely sporadic errors in the process of development. ...Read more
Inderal (propranolol): Persons with vascular malformations are more prone to vascular headaches. These are often migraine in nature, but are more complex to treat. Inderal helps with many. If eeg is abnormal, use of topamax (topiramate) may be beneficial. Try to avoid ergots or high dose aspirin. Combination Imitrex and naprosyn may be helpful. ...Read more
If I had AVM since I was born? Would I have symptoms by now? Wouldn't it have gotten bigger and cause headaches?
AVM: Most AVM don't expand and are in the proportion in the brain. They don't cause headaches. When they bleed, they may cause seizures or stroke like episodes, best to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
Brain Blood Vessels: In the brain, an avm is typically a twisted tangle of blood vessels where is an abnormal connection between arteries and veins. These can also be present in other parts of the body. Brain avm's carry a risk of bleeding if left untreated. They can also become symptomatic due to seizures and steal phenomenon (altered blood flow). ...Read more
Can be: Arteriovenous malformation or avm is an abnormal connection between veins and arteries, usually congenital. Sometimes it is hereditary. ...Read more