Vascular malformations of the brain is a general term used to classify conditions that affect the blood vessels in the brain. During the fetal development stage, abnormal blood clusters can form and can have serious repercussions if left untreated. Vascular malformations may cause seizures, headaches, bleeding in the brain, and strokes.
These conditions include:
Vascular malformations will typically grow at a rate proportionate to the child’s development.
While vascular malformations are not cancerous tumors, they can sometimes grow and cause various symptoms. In many cases, a vascular malformation causes no symptoms and can go unnoticed. However, some cases will cause problems by pressing on areas in the brain, which can inflame the brain tissue, leak abnormal substances into the brain, and/or alter the blood flow from regions of the normal brain. In these cases, the vascular malformation can cause symptoms that include:
Treatment options will vary based on the location and severity of the malformation. While advancements in medicine are continually introducing new solutions, the current treatment options include: