Patient Comments: Arteriovenous Malformation - Symptoms

If you or someone you know has an arteriovenous malformation, what were the symptoms? How was it discovered?

Comment from: Asizz, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 19

I kept battling migraines for almost 1 year. Last month l went to my primary care physician to deal with a migraine. After performing the neurological tests he informed me l needed a CAT scan. Prior to this l experienced headaches on the left side of my head, dizziness, nausea, stiff neck, and extremely high blood pressure. The CAT scan revealed the suspicion of arteriovenous malformation (AVM) and the MRI showed the AVM.

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Comment from: SSmith29, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 09

I have had two bleeds. My first in 1973 and the second in late 1989. In both cases the symptoms were a sudden and intense pain in my head. I heard one description of this as "place your thumb on a concrete block then hit it with the heaviest sledgehammer you can find. Repeat." This is a very accurate description. After being rushed to the hospital, it was discovered by injecting dye into my bloodstream while taking x-rays. That was 1973. CT scans are so much nicer, done in 1989. After the second I had it surgically removed. Good riddance.

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