Medical Q&As

Arteriovenous malformation

My husband has been diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation (AVM). Is there any helpline in Ireland that he could get in contact with or is there anyone out there in Ireland that has an AVM that he could talk to?

An arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is caused by an abnormal development of blood vessels in the brain, brainstem, or spinal cord. It is a congenital disorder characterized by a complex, tangled web of arteries and veins. Some people have AVMs that never cause problems and are not even aware that the abnormality is present. The most common symptoms of AVM include seizures, headaches, and neurological problems such as paralysis or loss of speech, memory, or vision. I am unaware of the existence of an AVM helpline.