What is an Arteriovenous Malformation?

An arteriovenous malformation sometimes called an AVM or brain AVM, is a defect in the vascular system. In a functioning vascular system, arteries carry oxygenated blood from the heart to the brain and veins carry the less-oxygenated blood back to the heart.

An arteriovenous malformation is a cluster of abnormal blood vessels, and when one occurs, blood doesn’t complete its mission traveling to and from the heart. Instead, it moves directly from the arteries to the veins. This disrupts blood circulation in and around organs, reducing the amount of oxygen reaching vital tissues in the brain and other parts of the body.

While AVMs are most common in the brain and spinal cord, they can occur anywhere in the body. When they form in the brain, AVMs may cause serious issues including bleeding and an increased risk of seizures, headaches or hemorrhage.

What Causes Arteriovenous Malformation?

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