Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is an abnormal entanglement of blood vessels in the brain or spine. It is a rare, usually benign, condition that can go unnoticed because it frequently produces no symptoms and poses little threat. But it can be life threatening if an entangled vein becomes enlarged from excessive blood flow, causing it to bleed and rupture. This can trigger a stroke or brain aneurysm. Most AVMs are present at birth. Symptoms include severe and sudden headache or back pain, vomiting, stiff neck, ringing in the ear or weakness in the legs or arms.
Best in Care
The AdventHealth Neuroscience Institute is a state-of-the art facility for adults and children affected by AVM. We specialize in minimally invasive treatments that alleviate the pressure placed on the veins by AVM. This reduces the risk of bleeding, aneurysm and stroke. Recovery times are also shorter with minimally invasive surgeries, because no incision is made.