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Abnormal Connections Between Arteries and Veins

Updated: Dec 29, 2021

Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM) impacts about 200,000 each year, which technically classifies it as a “rare” disorder. AVM is when there is an abnormal connection between veins and arteries, usually in the spine or brain. The medical community is not clear on the cause of AVMs, but we do they occur frequently at birth and are not suspected to be genetic. It is also unclear as to when or why symptoms would be begin impacting a patient. Symptoms, are usually helped with medication, include headaches and seizures.

“With AVM our goal is to remove the tangled blood vessels. We use a procedure called a craniotomy to reach the brain, creating a small opening is the skull. This gives us access to remove the abnormal arteries and veins.” Dr. Ravi Gandhi, Orlando Neurosurgery

Dr. Gandhi is a board-certified neurosurgeon who is fellowship-trained in Cerebrovascular, Endovascular, and Skull Base Neurosurgery. He specializes in using predominantly minimally invasively techniques (with no incision) in treating cerebrovascular disorders of the brain and spine including:

· arteriovenous malformations (avm)

· carotid and vertebral artery stenosis

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