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Brain Conditions

Cerebral Vascular Malformations

Cerebral vascular malformations, certain abnormalities of the blood vessels in one or more parts of the brain, can lead to hemorrhage or abnormalities in normal brain functions. They are present at birth but may not cause problems until adolescence or adulthood. There are several types, but most have abnormal vessel walls which can tear and bleed more easily than normal blood vessels. The sufferer may have no symptoms or they may experience headaches, seizures, numbness, weakness, stiff neck, unconsciousness, vomiting, or vision problems. Cerebral vascular malformations are typically diagnosed by MRI, CT scan, or cerebral angiography. Surgery may be indicated to remove the malformation. Often, a radiation technique known as stereotactic radiosurgery can be used to obliterate the malformation slowly over time. In conjunction with this, patients will sometimes also undergo embolization of the malformation, which is a way to fill the malformation with coils or glue so that blood no longer flows through it.

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