Vascular Malformations

Vascular Malformations Overview

Vascular malformations are artery, blood vessel, lymph vessel and vein abnormalities. Symptoms can be unpleasant and sometimes life-altering. A Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates’ (CONA) neurovascular specialist should be contacted as soon as symptoms present.

Symptoms & Causes

Vascular malformations symptoms include:

  • Confusion
  • Coordination problems
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of memory
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle paralysis
  • Numbness
  • Speech and understanding problems
  • Spine pain
  • Tingling
  • Vision problems

Vascular malformations occur during fetal development. The two risk factors are gender (male) and family history.

Common Treatments:

A variety of medications, minimally invasive procedures and traditional surgical procedures are available. After a thorough evaluation, a CONA neurovascular specialist makes an accurate diagnosis and prescribes an appropriate treatment plan.

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