Brain Aneurysms and Arteriovenous Malformation

A brain aneurysm develops when a weak spot in the brain’s arterial wall, bulges and gets filled with blood. A brain aneurysm affects people at any age and may occur on their own, some are inherited, and some are a result of a brain injury. If the aneurysm bursts, it may result in you getting a stroke, brain damage and even death, if left untreated.

A brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is an abnormal tangle of blood vessels which are connecting arteries and veins in the brain. Arteries are responsible for transporting oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the brain. Veins carry the oxygen-depleted blood back to the heart and lungs. An arteriovenous malformation of the brain disrupts the above-mentioned process. They may develop anywhere in the body but often occur in the brain or spine.

When to see a doctor?

Early diagnosis of a brain aneurysm is essential before it ruptures. If you have a brain aneurysm, you may not experience any symptoms until the aneurysm bleeds or ruptures. When the arteriovenous malformation presses on the brain or a nerve, it may cause symptoms such as headache, numbness, muscle weakness or problems with the vision. Other symptoms include severe headache, neck stiffness, loss of consciousness and neck stiffness. It is essential to seek medical attention if you are experiencing the above-mentioned symptoms as they may be a sign of a ruptured aneurysm or arteriovenous malformation.

How is surgery done?

An aneurysm or arteriovenous malformation requires complex surgery to repair. Please seek Dr Maharaj’s assistance for further information about this form of treatment if you have been experiencing the above-mentioned symptoms.

  • Wilder Penfield

    The brain is an organ of density. It holds within its humming mechanism secrets that will determine the future of the human race.

    Wilder Penfield