Vascular Malformations
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Vascular Malformations
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Vascular Malformations

Stanford Hospital & Clinics is at the forefront of treating intracranial and spinal malformations. For more than 30 years, thousands of pediatric and adult patients with vascular malformations have been treated here.

The vascular malformations group uses a unique team approach, with specialists in neurology, neurosurgery, radiation therapy and interventional neuroradiology, to offer a comprehensive, customized vascular malformations treatment plan for each patient. Offering the most advanced, state-of-the-art equipment, our specialists provide the best vascular malformation treatments using minimally invasive techniques.

Types of Vascular Malformations

Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is an abnormal cluster of blood vessels in the brain or spine that can cause devastating neurological symptoms or even death. Normally, blood is carried to the brain through arteries and emptied through veins. Between the arteries and veins are capillaries that help decrease the pressure of the returning blood to the veins and back to the heart.

Cavernous malformation (CM) is also known as cavernous angioma, cavernous hemangioma and cavernous vascular malformation. This is a type of vascular malformation that occurs in the brain and/or spine. Cavernous malformations are made up of fragile arteries and veins that tend to leak small amounts of blood and can cause large brain hemorrhages resulting in permanent neurological deficits, if not treated.

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