Duke's Cerebrovascular Center offers advanced treatments for arteriovenous malformations (AVM).
An AVM is an abnormal collection of blood vessels where blood flows from the arteries directly into the veins, bypassing the capillaries altogether.
When in the brain, AVMs often create large flows of blood that build in pressure, placing a patient at risk for seizures, hemorrhage, neurological injury, and even death.
AVMs are diagnosed either incidentally with CT or MRI scans or after a hemorrhage or seizure.
Patients at Duke usually undergo an angiogram to better define the AVM and determine if associated cerebral aneurysms are encountered.
At Duke, we treat AVMs with embolization, radiation, surgery, or a combination of these methods. To prevent a hemorrhage, the AVM must be completely eliminated.
Each treatment has advantages and disadvantages, and your team of doctors will consult and decide which treatment option is best for your situation.
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The following images show how brain AVMs appear in the brain before and during surgery.
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