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What are Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM)?

Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are defects of the circulatory system that are generally believed to arise during embryonic or fetal development or soon after birth. Although AVMs can develop in many different sites, those located in the brain or spinal cord can have especially widespread effects on the body.


Angiograms for cerebral AVM's - Traditional x-ray vs MRA?

Started by Tim in General. Last reply by Tim 3 hours ago. 6 Replies

I've got a question that I keep meaning to ask my doctors. It appears that traditional angiograms are much clearer than MRA's, but MRA's are less invasive and don't involve radiation.What are the pros and cons of each? Does it boil down to doctor…Continue

Tags: MRA, x-ray, Angiogram

question to whomever feels might help

Started by Kay in Symptoms & Treatment. Last reply by Ann Ning Learning How 4 hours ago. 9 Replies

Hello to all.This is the first time that I feel couraGeous enouGh to write a few words.My 12 year old dauGhter was diagnosed with brain AVM 2 years ago.Since than she had 2 embolisations.Now, sHe can't feel her fingers and toes,plus there is a…Continue

Hypersensitivity/allergy reaction to NCBA post embolization

Started by Mountain girl in General. Last reply by Angela 5 hours ago. 56 Replies

Hi all,I had a fistula on my forehead that had been growing for 30 years. IT was successfully embolized in December, but I seem to be having an allergic reaction to something (either the glue or the oil in the glue). My forehead and eyes swell up…Continue

Tags: post, embolization, complication, fistula, cyanoarcylate

Diffuse Microvascular PAVMs

Started by ivy3200 in Symptoms & Treatment. Last reply by ivy3200 6 hours ago. 5 Replies

Has anyone been diagnosed with many micro avms that cannot be embolized?I am scheduled for a CT Pulmonary Angiogram in September to see what's going on. My shunt fraction increased from 11% to 19% in the past 2 months, and I've been symptomatic…Continue

Tags: pavm, avms, Micro

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26 Years!

Posted by Barbara H. on August 3, 2014 at 10:00am 12 Comments

My life changed 26 years ago today. Most people when they write that sentence...it usually means a marriage or a birth of a child. In my case, I suffered an AVM rupture and lived! Although completely paralyzed on one side...I learned to crawl...sit… Continue



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