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AVM Warning Signs

Most AVMs exhibit symptoms only after blood vessels in the AVM leak blood into surrounding brain tissue. This causes headache, weakness or numbness on one side of the body, trouble with speech, or changes of consciousness depending on the size and location. Most patients who have a hemorrhage from an AVM survive the initial rupture, but any amount of bleeding can cause neurological changes.

The second most common symptom of an AVM is seizure activity. Seizures of all types are associated with AVMs, and most can be controlled with medication.

Patients who experience any of these symptoms should seek immediate medical evaluation at a neurosciences facility. Physicians will identify the presence and location of an AVM, and determine appropriate treatment. 

Our respected neurosurgery team features specialists from all over the country, including a neurosurgeon, neuroradiologist, neurophysicist, and neuro-radiation oncologist. Our specially trained neurosciences nurses deliver outstanding post-operative care that can help patients achieve a rapid and complete recovery. 

For more information about Morton Plant Hospital's treatment options for AVMs, please call (727) 461-8635.

The Neurosciences Institute
at Ptak Orthopaedic & Neuroscience Pavilion
430 Morton Plant Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 461-8635
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