A patient with an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is at risk of catastrophic hemorrhage, seizures or progressive loss of neurologic function.
Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) represent one of the earliest indications for Gamma Knife radiosurgery. The treatment leads to the slow occlusion of the vessels that constitute the core or “nidus” of the arteriovenous malformation, eventually leading to the vascular malformation being obliterated. Reported arteriovenous malformation obliteration rates after two to three years are high, while complications are usually equivalent or lower than surgery for lesions of Spetzler-Martin grade II and higher.
To schedule an evaluation for vascular malformations with a Cleveland Clinic specialist, please call our Appointment Center at 216.636.5860 or toll-free at 866.588.2264.