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How will arteriovenous malformations affect my health going forward?

How will arteriovenous malformations affect my health going forward?

More information: Arterio-venous malformations at the basic level is an abnormal connection to an artery and vein. They can occur anywhere in the body and can be something you are born with (congenital) or acquired, usually through penetrating trauma. They can cause problems with bleeding or shunting of blood or allowing bacteria or clots to pass through them. The symptoms relate to where they are located. ...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 are the health consequences of arteriovenous malformations?

What are the health consequences of arteriovenous malformations?

Size matters: Avms can bleed or cause strokes, either of which can cause a huge range of problems depending on location and size. Some avms are so large that they press on nearby brain tissue like a tumor would. Much of the health consequences depend in the size of the avms. ...Read more

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How do you detect arteriovenous malformations?

How do you detect arteriovenous malformations?

Where?: Arteriovenous malformations are also common in the digestive tract especially in patients with chronic renal failure (found during endoscopies). They also may be present in the lungs.Vascular surgeons may produce artificial av fistulas for the purpose of hemodialysis. Theoretically angiography by ct or mra should find them. ...Read more

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What are the tests for arteriovenous malformations?

CT, MRI, Angiogram: An arteriovenous malformation(avm) of the brain is an abnormal connection between the arteries and the veins that leads to a "tangle of blood vessels". These can be found on a ct scan with contrast. Another way to detect these is with an MRI or mra of the brain. The best and final test is a cerebral angiogram. This is a test in which contrast dye is injected into the actual blood vessels. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of arteriovenous malformations?

What are the symptoms of arteriovenous malformations?

Swelling: Usually swelling of the involved limb due to venous engorgement. Can also have limb deformity and length descrepency. Varicose veins can also be present. Best diagnostic test is MRI of effected area. ...Read more

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What can you do if you have an arteriovenous malformations?

What can you do if you have an arteriovenous malformations?

Treatment: Depending on the size and location, treatment cold be from nothing to resection, emboli satin, gamma knife radiation. ...Read more

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What are the causes of Dural Arteriovenous Malformations? (DAVM)

What are the causes of Dural Arteriovenous Malformations? (DAVM)

Dural avm: Unlike other brain AVMs which are congenital, dural AVMs are believed to be acquired. Dural AVMs are not infectious or inherited. Occasionally, a dural AVM has been reported following cranial surgery.The reasons for the development of dural AVMs are unknown. They may result from a blood clot in a large venous channel which then forms a connection between a dural artery and vein during the repair. ...Read more

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How are arteriovenous malformations and other vascular lesions detected?

Studies...: Angiography can detect the majority of vascular lesions; although a good number of them are detected while undergoing numerous other procedures for other things(ct scans, ultrasounds, etc.). ...Read more

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Is it bad luck or bad genes that made me develop arteriovenous malformations?

Answer is complex: Avm are communications which in variable degrees exist in different parts of the body. Most are congenital (you are born with) others can be related to injury or trauma . It also depends how large the avm are and if they cause symptoms besides the esthetic concern. ...Read more