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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
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
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
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 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
I have an avm and lab work shows very low mean platelet volume and low rdw. I've been having at least 1 bad nosebleed daily with severe weakness/fatigue and bone pain. Could it be the avm is bleeding?
Not the AVM: If it bleeds, you will know, beyond any question. It's not connected to your nose. ...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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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