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Vascular Malformations

Vascular malformations of the brain are abnormal arrangements of blood vessels in your head. (“Vascular” refers to blood vessels, and “malformation” means abnormally shaped or formed.) There are different types of vascular malformation, each affecting a different part of the network of blood vessels. Some vascular malformations are difficult to categorize because they share the characteristics of more than one particular type of malformation.

A brain AVM (arteriovenous malformation) is an abnormal connection between arteries and veins and is typically congenital, meaning it dates to birth. It appears as a tangle of abnormal arteries and veins. An AVM can develop anywhere in your body, but occurs most often in the brain or spine. Unfortunately, the cause still isn’t clear.

You may not know you have a brain AVM until you experience symptoms, such as headaches or a seizure. In serious cases, the blood vessels rupture, causing bleeding in the brain. Once diagnosed, a brain AVM can often be treated successfully.

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