Arteries are responsible for carrying blood that contains oxygen from the heart to the brain and veins take oxygen-depleted blood away from the brain and return it to the heart. However, when a cerebral arteriovenous malformation occurs, abnormal blood vessels become tangled, disrupting the normal function of these arteries and veins. While the condition can develop anywhere in the body, it typically appears in the brain or spine. Fortunately, cerebral arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are rare, and once diagnosed, they can often be treated successfully to prevent further health complications.
While the cause of cerebral arteriovenous malformations remains unknown, current research suggests that this tangle of abnormal vessels emerge during fetal development. Weakened blood vessels carry blood away from normal blood tissue. Overtime, these blood vessels dilate and may rupture due to the high-pressure blood flow from your arteries. While anyone can be born with this condition, there are a couple of other factors which may increase the risk:
Initially, a cerebral arteriovenous malformation may not cause any noticeable symptoms until it ruptures, which results in bleeding in the brain. In fact, a brain hemorrhage is usually the first indication that an individual may have this condition. However, there are some other warning signs you can look out for which may include:
Fortunately, while the condition can be serious, there are several treatment options that may be used to manage symptoms and prevent a rupture. A doctor can prescribe the right treatment according to certain factors such as age, overall health, size and location of the cluster. The following procedures are the most common treatments for cerebral arteriovenous malformations:
The best approach for cerebral arteriovenous malformations is to respond quickly. At Jackson Neurosurgery Clinic, that’s exactly what Dr. Lewis will do for you. As a highly trained and experienced neurosurgeon, he specializes in the treatment of cerebral arteriovenous malformations using the latest surgical techniques and innovative tools, in addition to successfully treating other complicated brain and spine conditions. As an accomplished surgeon and teacher, his published peer reviewed articles on aneurysms and cerebral arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are very insightful and prove to be a useful resource for other surgeons across the country. Dr. Lewis is a frequent speaker at yearly stroke update conferences and during the early days of his career, he taught cerebrovascular science at University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC).
Contact us today to learn more about cerebral arteriovenous malformations or to schedule a consultation. We’ll find a solution that works for you. Call us at (601) 366-1011.