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Arteriovenous malformations

My mother is 72 and was recently diagnosed with AVM. After a surgical procedure was done by opening up her stomach, surgeon found multiple AVM's from her esaphagus down to her small intestine. Dr's are saying there is no cure to AVM's and I don't understand how we can't stop bleeding with today's technology. Is there any options out there?
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replied May 10th, 2011
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Hello and welcome to e health forum.

AVMs are dilated weak-walled blood vessels which in the bowel usually are close to the inside surface. They appear as very red areas. They tend to bleed easily with minimal trauma.

Some AVMs can be cauterized using heat or laser therapy. When they are extensive, surgery may be required.

The other option would be Endovascular embolization. In this procedure, using X-ray imaging a surgeon places the catheter in one of the arteries that feeds your AVM and injects small particles or a gluelike substance to block the artery and reduce blood flow into the AVM.

You might consult your doctor or a gastroenterologist, who can go over your medical history and then determine the exact course of treatment.


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