The symptoms behind any neurological malformation can bring you unnecessary pain and anguish. Add that to the dangers that could arise if you let a condition go untreated and you have a recipe for insurmountable trouble. If you have recently suffered symptoms such as swelling, fatigue and decreased blood pressure, you could be suffering from an arteriovenous fistula. Don’t let this condition go ignored. Act against it now and avoid the dangerous troubles that it can bring.

What Is It?

An arteriovenous fistula is an irregular connection between an artery and a vein that bypasses the capillary system. Blood usually travels from the arteries to the capillaries and then to the veins. By avoiding the capillaries, this condition keeps the nutrients and oxygen in the blood from reaching important tissues. Arteriovenous fistulas usually occur in the legs but can form anywhere in the body.

An arteriovenous fistula can be caused by trauma, may be congenital, or may be surgically created for hemodialysis treatment.  If a hemodialysis-induced arteriovenous fistula does not apply to you, it is important to identify the symptoms and find medical treatment as soon as possible.

What Are The Symptoms?

A large, untreated arteriovenous fistula can lead to very dangerous complications such as heart failure, hemorrhage, blood clots, and strokes. Understanding and knowing the symptoms of an arteriovenous fistula is necessary to avoid the troubles you and your family may be put through if it is left untreated:

  • Swelling in the arms or legs
  • Fatigue
  • Reddish appearance on the skin
  • Purple veins visible through the skin
  • Decreased blood pressure

Treating Your Condition

Once your symptoms are identified, you will undergo a series of physical and imaging tests to determine the severity and location of your arteriovenous fistula. A team of neurosurgeons will discuss the most suitable treatment method with you and your family once tests are complete. Our neurosurgeons can provide you with one of three treatments to help treat this dangerous condition:

  • Laser Ablation
  • Embolization Therapy
  • Microsurgical Resection

We Can Help

Your health is our number one priority. We are determined to provide the care and treatment you require to end the troubles of a neurovascular condition to get you back to an active and healthy life. Don’t hesitate to find treatment, a team of neurosurgeons is available to help you and your family through the path to recovery. Contact our expert at IGEA today.