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Doctor insights on: Kiari Malformation Of The Brain

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Describe the features of a brain malformation.?

Describe the features of a brain malformation.?

Broad questions: There are many types of brain malformation. To which are you referring? Vascular, structural, etc.? ...Read more

Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more


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I have a brain cavernous malformation is this something to be concerned about or no?

I have a brain cavernous malformation is this something to be concerned about or no?

Varies widely: Size, symptoms and location are determinants of the behavior of these lesions. Most concern is bleeding risk which varies widely. Most doctors monitor these with serial mris. Surgery is required occasionally for removal. ...Read more

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What is a chiari-brain malformation?

What is a chiari-brain malformation?

Small back of skull.: Chiari malformations develop due to a decreased size in the back of the skull. Because there is not enough space for the brain to develop, a part of the brain called the cerebellar tonsils get pushed through through the hole where the spinal cord attaches to the brain. This results in increased pressure and development of "cysts" in the spinal cord. Chiari ii has additional brain&cord changes. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a brain arteriovenous malformation.?

Describe the features of a brain arteriovenous malformation.?

Often none: Unless it leaks, there would be no symptoms in most cases. Leaking can cause intense headache or stroke-like symptoms such as focal weakness, loss of speech or vision. Avm discovered after a minor stroke can be corrected before a major stroke. Family history of avm may prompt investigation in someone with no symptoms. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how serious is brain arteriovenous malformation?

I'm wondering how serious is brain arteriovenous malformation?

Bleed risk: The overall risks of bleeding are 3-4% yearly. Each bleed episode carries a 25% risk of mortality. Overall risk of dying is therefore 1% yearly. ...Read more

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Brain malformation located in cerebellum. What does this mean?

Brain malformation located in cerebellum. What does this mean?

Brain malformation: The term "brain malformation" can cover a very wide variety of subjects. Malformations can involve blood vessels, structures in the brain itself, or in the case of the cerebellum a chiari malformation where a tongue of brain tissue comes down through the hole at the base of the skull called the foramen magnum. ...Read more

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How serious is a brain arteriovenous malformation? Does it depend on size or site?

How serious is a brain arteriovenous malformation?  Does it depend on size or site?

Depends: It can be deadly serious or incidental - depending on the type and location. You should see a neurosurgeon to determine which one you have and what it needs for treatment. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: arteriovenous malformation repair - brain?

What is the definition or description of: arteriovenous malformation repair - brain?

Abnormal vasculature: These abnormal vessels have an increased risk of bleeding.They are treated by open surgery when they are excised, by embolizationby going through blood vessels or by a combination of both.Different methods depends on the size and or location in the brain. ...Read more

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How probable is it to have chiari malformation and a brain tumor?

How probable is it to have chiari malformation and a brain tumor?

Not very: Chiari malformations are fairly rare, and brain tumors are not very common either. So the combination of the two is fairly unlikely but certainly not impossible. One should be alert that a downward herniation of the cerebellum caused by a tumor is not misinterpreted as "just" a chiari malformation. For more information consult your doctors and ask for a review of your brain MRI scans. ...Read more

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