Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs) in the Brain or Spine

And Arteriovenous Fistulas, Dural Spinal Fistulas

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Duke neurosurgeons combine sophisticated imaging and extensive surgical experience to treat arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) -- rare abnormal connections between arteries and veins that can occur in the brain or spine. We also treat other blood vessel abnormalities, including arteriovenous fistulas (when blood flow bypasses some capillaries) and dural spinal fistulas (abnormal openings that occur in the dura, the leather-like covering of the brain and spinal cord).

In general, vascular malformations can occur anywhere in the body. Some vascular system defects in the central nervous system can remain stable for years or a lifetime, while others can interfere with blood circulation and increase your risk of hemorrhage, seizure, and stroke. Our experienced neurosurgeons use a combination of the latest minimally invasive and noninvasive approaches to repair the problem and prevent or reduce your risk for serious complications.