Risk of stroke from arteriovenous malformations may outweigh treatment risks

Written by Alice Weatherston

New findings from a study carried out at the University of Virginia Health System (VA, USA) and published recently in Stroke, have suggested that the common decision to leave arteriovenous malformations (AVM) untreated in children and young adults may be a mistake. AVM are the most common cause of strokes in this age group due to the tendency for leaking within the tangles of blood vessels, however due to the risks associated with the Gamma Knife radiosurgery used to treat the condition, it is commonly left untreated. The new study, which also involved six other medical centers, discovered that the...

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