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Arteriovenous Malformations

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An arteriovenous malformation (AVM) appears as a tangle of abnormal arteries and veins with brain tissue between the vessels. The brain tissue entangled within the AVM is typically abnormal and often scarred from previous tiny hemorrhages the person may have had that went unnoticed. The AVM disrupts normal blood flow through the brain, and depending on its location, it can contribute to seizures or hemorrhages.

scan of arteries in the brain

AVMs in the brain are complex lesions and should be managed by experts at major centers who have sufficient experience treating them. Patients treated for arteriovenous malformations at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital benefit from one of the most experienced teams of neurosurgeons, neurologists, and neuroradiologists; advanced technologies for diagnosis and treatment; and round-the-clock neurocritical care. NewYork-Presbyterian's neurology and neurosurgery departments consistently rank among the top five in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Critically ill patients benefit from our Neurological Intensive Care Units (Neuro-ICUs) at both NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. These Neuro-ICUs feature specially trained medical staff (including doctors who are board-certified specifically in neurocritical care), 24/7 surveillance, sophisticated monitoring techniques, and specialized medical and surgical treatments focused on improving the outcomes of patients with neurological disorders. These units are also among the few in the world with dedicated in-unit scanners.

Physicians who wish to transfer a patient to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for the care of an arteriovenous malformation can call us at 1-800-NYP-STAT (1-800-697-7828) to arrange for a transfer, 24/7.

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