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Nuances in AVM Resection

Last Updated: September 28, 2018

Technical Principles of AVM Surgery

Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are an important cause of morbidity and mortality among neurosurgical patients, usually due to hemorrhage, but also because of refractory seizures and focal neurologic deficits.

Management options for AVMs vary from microsurgery alone or in conjunction with or without adjunctive embolization and/or radiosurgery. Alternative options include radiosurgery as a standalone option. Large and complex lesions may be best managed via observation.

The specific technical nuances for excision of each AVM subtype will be discussed in the following chapters. The current chapter will review the general principles applicable to all AVMs and should be consulted before reviewing the subsequent chapters.

Patient Positioning

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