HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF A AVM IN THE BRAIN?
November 28, 2006 10:19am CST
it was found in my son when he was 15 yrs old,it took 12 surgerys to finish removing it the last 2 were 10 hrs long each,they had to remove his what was left of his right cerebellum so he doesnt have one no more,if you have someone who is dealing with this maybe i can give hope,my son ended up gradutaing high school and is now in collage classes,has a son and is doing great,he does have balance problems and no feeling on left side but compared to what they said hes a mirical.
• United States
28 Nov 06
we found it cause he had a stroke at 15 , Arterio-Venous Malformation An Arterio-Venous Malformation, or AVM, is an abnormal collection of blood vessels. Normally, oxygenated blood is pumped by the heart through branching tubes called arteries to the brain, where it enters a fine network of tiny vessels called capillaries. It is in these capillary beds where the blood nourishes the tissues. The “used” (deoxygenated) blood then passes back to the heart through branching thin walled tubes called veins. Arterial-Venous Malformations are areas that lack the tiny capillaries. The location of the connection between the artery and the vein is called the shunt. The area of tissue is called a nidus of the AVM. An AVM can be thought of as a "Short Circuit" where the blood does not go to the tissues but is pumped through the shunt and back to the heart without ever giving nutrients to the tissues.