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Effects of AVM

Effects of AVM

The effects of arteriovenous malformation (AVM) vary significantly depending on the location of the malformation within the brain or spinal cord. AVM may cause symptoms such as:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Muscle weakness or paralysis
  • Difficulty carrying out activities of daily living or walking
  • Difficulties with speech or swallowing
  • Altered sensation or pain
  • Reduced memory, confusion or hallucinations

If the AVM ruptures a blood vessel it can cause a leakage of blood into the tissue of the brain known as a haemorrhage. Individuals describe this feeling as a severe headache and this can cause a variety of very disabling symptoms. This is a medical emergency and requires an immediate visit to hospital. Other individuals with AVM will experience a seizure or a slow progressive onset of neurological symptoms.

Once medically stable, it is essential that the individual with AVM undergoes a comprehensive neurological physiotherapy assessment to ensure they make maximal recovery and are able to achieve the highest possible quality of life.

Introduction to Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)

To book an assessment or for more information please email call 0161 883 0066 .