Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) is an abnormal connection between arteries and veins, usually in the brain or spine. It is usually present at birth. The arteries and veins in an AVM can rupture, causing bleeding into the brain or spinal cord. AVM can have no symptoms, but some people experience headaches, dizziness, or seizures. Surgery is the most common treatment for brain AVMs. In some cases, a catheter or radiation may be used to close off vessels. Medication may be used to treat headaches and seizures. Arteriovenous Malformation is represented by the burgundy awareness ribbon and awareness products are available in the Unchargeables Shop.
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