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Brain and Spinal Vascular Malformations

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Brain and Spinal Vascular Malformations

The neurosurgeons at Houston Methodist Hospital Neurological Institute Cerebrovascular Center diagnose and treat many kinds of brain and spinal vascular malformations. Vascular malformations are rare abnormalities in the blood vessels and their membranes. They are also called cerebral vascular malformations, intracranial vascular malformations, and occult intracranial vascular malformations.

Types of Vascular Malformations

Vascular malformations is an umbrella term for several conditions that affect blood vessels to the brain. They are separated into different subtypes with various symptoms, severity, and causes. Types of vascular malformations include:

  • Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) – abnormal veins and arteries
  • Cavernous malformations – enlarged blood-filled spaces
  • Venous angiomas – abnormal veins
  • Talangiectasias – enlarged capillary-sizes blood vessels
  • Vein of Galen malformations – the most common type of AVM in infants, which affects the large, deep vein at the base of the brain
  • Mixed malformations – a fairly common congenital (from birth) malformation that usually includes both abnormally developed veins and cavernous malformation

The world-renowned neurosurgeons and endovascular neurosurgeons at Houston Methodist treat many kinds of brain and spinal vascular malformations, including rare forms. Learn more about:

Although not vascular malformations from birth or injury like the conditions above, neurosurgeons at Houston Methodist Neurological Institute Cerebrovascular Center also treat other, more common cerebrovascular conditions that occur over time, such as: