100 Questions & Answers About Vascular Anomalies by Francine Blei

By Francine Blei

Vascular anomalies as a complete are infrequent issues and discovering complete, trustworthy information regarding them will be tough. if you happen to or a family member is being affected by a vascular anomaly, a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Vascular Anomalies presents the counsel and recommendation you would like. Co-written via a world-recognized general practitioner who has committed her occupation to sufferers with vascular anomalies, and a clinical librarian and sufferer who has skilled the demanding situations of being clinically determined with a vascular anomaly, this booklet supplies authoritative solutions to the main frequently requested questions by means of sufferers and households. It accommodates information regarding assets for networking, disease-specific foundations, psychosocial matters, and extra. this can be a useful advisor for somebody dealing with the actual and emotional turmoil of a vascular anomaly.

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In the case of vascular malformations, the risks of treatment will depend on the affected location and extent of the lesion, age of the patient, any associated symptoms, and many other individual factors. QXP 4/1/10 11:43 AM Page 43 100 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT VASCULAR ANOMALIES considerations will be discussed with you in detail by each of the involved physicians. Vascular Malformations Some possible complications from surgery for vascular malformations are (1) the risk of malformation regrowth, (2) the loss or reduction of nerve function in an affected area, (3) the possibility of developing or mobilizing a clot, and (4) scarring.

Superior sagittal sinus dural fistulas occur toward the top of the head in the midline, leading to similar symptoms. ”) Many patients are curious to know if vascular anomalies of the brain are genetic. Patients with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia may have intracerebral arteriovenous malformations. Cavernoma-type malformations of the brain vessels may also occur in families, in which case the lesions are often multifocal. In both of these disorders, mutations have been identified, which permits genetic screening of affected individuals and their families.

Vascular Malformations This procedure is performed in a hospital setting by an interventional radiologist (a physician). During the procedure, the patient is sedated or put under anesthesia. The physician punctures the artery with a needle and a wire is threaded through the needle and into the vessels. Then a catheter (tube) is passed over the wire. A dye (contrast material) is injected into the vessel to allow the doctor to take x-rays of the vessels and their blood flow. This procedure can identify blockages, enlargements, and malformed vessels.

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