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What are activities to avoid if I have an avm?

What are activities to avoid if I have an avm?

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

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I have an avm and multiple aneurysms. For the last day or so I have had a dull headache and waves of nausea and dizziness. Is this avm related?

I have an avm and multiple aneurysms. For the last day or so I have had a dull headache and waves of nausea and dizziness. Is this avm related?

Possibly: The avm and the aneurysms can bleed. This can lead to headaches. What you describe is not the classic " worst headache of ones life" that is seen with aneurysm rupture. However, if there are small leaks or bleeds from the aneurysms or avm, this could lead to some of your symptoms. It should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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I have an avm on my rt butt cheeck it is also wrapped around colon and uterus will this keep me from ever having children?

I have an avm on my rt butt cheeck it is also wrapped around colon and uterus will this keep me from ever having children?

Uncertain: Without more information, it is not possible to say whether carrying a pregnancy to term is reasonable or not. Also, it may be possible to be pregnant but not to give birth vaginally. Your avm sounds fairly extensive, and the doctors who defined the extent of the avm are better able to answer that question. Giving birth yourself is only one way of being a parent. I wish you well ...Read more

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I got a sudden headache/pain on left back side of head. The left side of my tongue/mouth started feeling weird & stiff neck. I have an AVM & migraines?

I got a sudden headache/pain on left back side of head. The left side of my tongue/mouth started feeling weird & stiff neck. I have an AVM & migraines?

Either condition: Either migraine or AVM could cause your symptoms. If transient and occurs rarely, it is probably not of major concern. If persistent you need to see your PCP or your neurologist for eval. ...Read more

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I have an avm over my primary and secondary motor cortex focal seizures to right upper extremities didn't show on EEG. Why not?

Negative EEG: The eeg is often normal in people with focal seizures, especially if the seizure occurs without loss of consciousness. This is because a seizure has to involve a minimum area of cortex for it to be seen on the surface of the scalp. The signal is attenuated through bone and scalp. Also, a seizure focus can occur deep inside or be oriented parallel to the scalp and not be seen on eeg. ...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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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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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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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 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 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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What causes an avm to develop in the fetus?

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

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What to expect after radiosurgery for an avm?

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 more

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What is treatment for stomach avm?

What is treatment for stomach avm?

Procedure: Stomach avms (artero-venous malformations) are common causes of GI bleeding. These can be very frustrating to treat as they are not the same as ulcers or gastritis that also cause bleeding and are treated by acid reducing or stomach coating meds. If they bleed, an egd is usually needed for coagulation or chemical scarring therapy. Be gentle with your stomach and no/moderate alcohol, caffeine, smoke. ...Read more

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What is spinal avm?

What is spinal avm?

Complex Question: A spinal avm is a complex tangle of arteries and veins that occurs within the spinal cord. It can be asymptomatic, or can cause neurologic deficits, rarely it can bleed and cause additional problems. ...Read more

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What would help with my avm-related migraines?

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

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Are there risks? To masturbating if you have an avm?

Yes: Depending on your condition, it's possible that the increase in heart rate and blood pressure during sexual arousal can contribute to rupture, although this is probably uncommon. Find a good neurologist or neurosurgeon and get checked out. ...Read more

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How did my avm change after a round of radiosurgery?

How did my avm change after a round of radiosurgery?

Reimaging required: To tell this you would need to have a reevaluation by imaging (CT or MR most likely). Whether this is done after on or multiple treatments will depend on the plan you and your doctor develop ...Read more

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If I had AVM since I was born? Would I have symptoms by now? Wouldn't it have gotten bigger and cause headaches?

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

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What is the treatment for avm?

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

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Can symptoms of meniere disease be a avm?

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

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What is avm and how does it relate to an aneurysm?

What is avm and how does it relate to an aneurysm?

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

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What is the best treatment for an avm patient?

Complicated: For a brain avm, there are three techniques available, which are all complementary: surgery, radiosurgery and embolization. Talk to your neurosurgeon about it. ...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 (fluoxetine). 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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I have had unexplained seizures for years. Could an avm account for this?

I have had unexplained seizures for years. Could an avm account for this?

Possibly: There are many causes for seizure and avm's are only one of these. Approximately 30% of patients with avm's present with seizures. It's not one of the more common causes.
You should see your local neurologist for workup and evaluation. If that leaves you at a dead end, seek out an epileptologist- a seizure disorder specialist in neurology who can help you. ...Read more

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What are the advantages /disadvantages of stereotactic radiosurgery for avm?

What are the advantages /disadvantages of stereotactic radiosurgery for avm?

Noninvasive: Advantage: noninvasive
disadvantage: it can take several months for it to work, several sessions, risk of causing a cancer, etc.
Depending on the size, location, symptoms, etc. Embolization, surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery are some of the ways to treat avm. A consultation with neurosurgeon, neuroradiologist, radiation oncologist can determine, what is the best way to treat your condition. ...Read more

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What are the recovery rates of a ruptured avm (brain)?

What are the recovery rates of a ruptured avm (brain)?

Depends: The recovery rate for a ruptured avm varies. It is dependent on the amount of damage caused by the bleed. For example, is it near the motor areas or the areas that control speech/language. Furthermore, was surgery done? There is an increased risk of re-bleed after the first bleed (6%/yr vs 3%/yr). A second or third bleed could be a significant set back and could slow the recovery. ...Read more

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I had a tee it showed moderate shunting. The doctor said it could be a PFO or an avm. Pfo bubbles 1-2 and avm bubbles 4-6, mine 3-4?

There are no: Hard & fast rules when it comes to this. The #s you are referring to are the number of cardiac cycles before bubbles are seen on the left side of the heart. 3-4 favors pfo over intrapulomnary shunting (late passage). ...Read more