Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are abnormal masses of blood vessels — arteries and veins called the nidus that develop while an unborn baby is growing inside the mother's uterus. The blood in the arteries dumps directly into the veins with no network of tiny capillaries in between, which normally occurs. And because the blood vessels that make up these masses are abnormally fragile, the malformations may bleed, leading to serious complications.
Although AVMs can occur anywhere (arms, hands, legs, feet, lungs, heart, liver and kidneys), about half of them are found in the brain, brainstem and spinal cord. Because they hemorrhage easily, AVMs can cause strokes, paralysis and the loss of speech, memory, or vision. There is about a 10% fatality rate associated with an AVM hemorrhage.
I underwent a Gamma Knife (surgery without a knife.)
Gamma Knife surgery represents one of the most advanced means available to manage brain tumors; arteriovenous malformations and pain or movement disorders. The procedure is unique because, with the Gamma Knife, no surgical incision is performed to expose the target.
The Gamma Knife can destroy deep-seated blood vessel malformations in the head and brain tumors once considered inoperable. It can also eliminate pain conditions and certain movement disorders, as well as silence malfunctioning areas of the brain precisely, to stop seizures or ease disabling pain problems that have not responded to other management strategies.
I had the the Gamma Knife the first time in 1989 and 1992., the AVM shrunnk to a size of a raisin... ae nd then as time went on, I had a MRI to check to see if there was any sign of the AVM, nope no sign. That was GREAT news. As of 1994, I havern't had any complications.
At the age of 17, I got pregnant I carried my son to due date 40 weeks. I had to have a C-Section. Andy was born 6 lbs 14 oz 21 inches long. He is 15 yrs old, tall almost taller than his dad... lol
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